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RED Camera
Mercedes-Benz and Friends Make 360-Degree Stadium Halo Board

Mercedes-Benz and Friends Make 360-Degree Stadium Halo Board

A visit to the Atlanta Falcon games at the Mercedes-Benz Stadium this past football season provided an unexpected treat: the world’s largest 360-degree cylindrical LED video screen at a sports venue. At 58-feet tall, the screen, dubbed the “Halo Board” because it surrounds the inner stadium, can display 20K resolution and gives a new meaning to the term “immersive video.” The campaign was made possible through a partnership between creative companies The-Artery, The Astronauts Guild, and VR Playhouse, along with the latest technologies from RED Digital Cinema and Radiant Images.


Debra Kaufman
Art of the Edit
Under the Dome with Encore VFX Supervisor Stephan Fleet

Under the Dome with Encore VFX Supervisor Stephan Fleet

Visual effects are at the heart of Under the Dome, a hit CBS drama based on a novel by Stephen King, about a town trapped under an invisible dome that isolates it from the rest of the world. Read how Encore VFX created the dome itself for Season One, and other effects, as well as providing a full range of on-set and post services, all while translating the languages of many different disciplines into a single, unified vision.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Stephan Fleet
Cinematography
Rodney Charters, ASC, CSC Brings Blackmagic to Dallas

Rodney Charters, ASC, CSC Brings Blackmagic to Dallas

Rodney Charters, ASC, CSC is probably best known for his work as cinematographer on the groundbreaking international hit 24. The most recent of his many jobs since then is TNT's Dallas, where he has shot 36 episodes so far, and directed three. Creative COW Contributing Editor Debra Kaufman spoke to Rodney about his work on both sides of the lens, including his use of the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera to complement the production's ARRI Alexas.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Audio Professionals
Skywalker Sound's Randy Thom Awarded for Career Achievement

Skywalker Sound's Randy Thom Awarded for Career Achievement

Randy Thom, Director of Sound Design at Skywalker Sound, received the Motion Picture Sound Editors Career Achievement Award at the 61st MPSE Golden Reel Award ceremony on February 16th, 2014. Thom, a two-time Academy Award-winner (The Right Stuff, The Incredibles) and a 14-time Oscar nominee, has contributed to more than 100 films as a sound designer and re-recording mixer. Star Wars creator George Lucas presented the annual MPSE Career Achievement Award to Randy.

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Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
The Last Film Lab?

The Last Film Lab?

Sure, some of the biggest movies are still being shot on film, but in a world where film cameras haven't been in production for years, where only one company still makes motion picture film, and by the end of the year, there may be no more film prints for theatrical distribution, it's no wonder that the number of businesses who can sustain themselves by processing film has plummeted. In this latest dispatch from the film BUSINESS, Creative COW Contributing Editor Debra Kaufman finds industry leaders asking themselves, will 2014 be the year we see the last film lab?

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
History of the Film Lab

History of the Film Lab

A closer look at the history of film labs shows that business has been getting tougher for quite a while, and offers some insights into the specifics of what's coming soon.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
Restoring Orson Welles' Classic Lady From Shanghai

Restoring Orson Welles' Classic Lady From Shanghai

The Lady From Shanghai may be the most notorious Orson Welles film you've never seen: his deliberately disorienting noir murder mystery from 1947, whose road to restoration may be more complicated than the movie itself.

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Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
Climbing Mountains to Make Lone Survivor

Climbing Mountains to Make Lone Survivor

"We are going to climb mountains" - that's what director Peter Berg told Petra Holtorf-Stratton before they began work on his movie, Lone Survivor. "And we did," she told us, "literally and figuratively." Petra tells us about making this powerful film based on the true story of a Navy SEAL's ordeal in Afghanistan, and also about her remarkable transition from VFX artist to movie producer.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Petra Holtorf-Stratton
Cinematography
Technology 2014 | Production, Post & Beyond: Part ONE

Technology 2014 | Production, Post & Beyond: Part ONE

What were the big technology trends in media and entertainment over the past year? What's going to be significant in the coming year? Those are questions that many of us are asking, so we went to some of our savviest Creative COW contributors to ask their opinions of where we've been and where we're going. Here in Part 1, we offer an overview of their perspectives. (See Part 2 for their additional insights.)

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Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Technology 2014 | Production, Post & Beyond: Part TWO

Technology 2014 | Production, Post & Beyond: Part TWO

What were the big technology trends in media and entertainment over the past year? What's going to be significant in the coming year? Those are questions that many of us are asking, so we went to some of our savviest Creative COW contributors to ask their opinions of where we've been and where we're going. Here in Part 2, our conrtibutors offer in-depth insights. (See Part 1 for a broader industry overview.)

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
Remembering Peter O'Toole

Remembering Peter O'Toole

Having seen "Lawrence of Arabia" as a wide-eyed child, Debra Kaufman had no idea that one day she would interview the star with the flowing white robes and piercing blue eyes. Here, she recalls her interview with Peter O'Toole for The Hollywood Reporter and what makes him an actor whose movies will endure.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
DSLR Video
Wilfred: A Sitcom Shot Entirely on DSLRs

Wilfred: A Sitcom Shot Entirely on DSLRs

Wilfred, the FX Networks quirky comedy about a manic-depressive man who sees his neighbor's dog as a man in a dog suit, is shot entirely with DSLR cameras, including greenscreens. Randall Einhorn, a cinematographer turned Executive Producer/Director, and Director of Photography Kurt Jones talk here about some of the innovative production set-ups they use for this unusual series.

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Debra Kaufman
Broadcasting
Inter BEE keynote: Japan Will Broadcast 8K by 2020 Olympics

Inter BEE keynote: Japan Will Broadcast 8K by 2020 Olympics

It's not news that Japan has announced its intent to broadcast 8K by the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In today's production environment, the advent of 4K is still news and 8K seems like a futuristic pipe dream. But when Creative COW Contributing Editor Debra Kaufman was in Japan in November, she learned just how serious Japan is in its intent to broadcast 8K -- and to do so sooner than originally announced.

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Debra Kaufman
Canon Cameras
Canon's 4K Display Monitor

Canon's 4K Display Monitor

Canon has just entered the monitor with the DP-V3010 4K Reference Monitor, intended for use in high-resolution color grading and other, similar environments. In this article, Canon executives describe the attributes of this new product in the company's line of 4K products.

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Debra Kaufman
Canon Cameras
Inside Canon Japan 2013

Inside Canon Japan 2013

In November, I was part of a small group of journalists who visited Canon headquarters in Tokyo, touring the optics factory, meeting with and interviewing executives and learning about strategies and plans for the future. Here's a recap of what we learned.

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Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
Doctor Who 50th Anniversary-Milk's VFX for Day of the Doctor

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary-Milk's VFX for Day of the Doctor

When The Mill in London decided to close its TV and Film Department, the staff decided to open up VFX house Milk. They brought with them a first, very challenging job, which was begun at The Mill: creating stereo 3D effects for the Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Special. Here's how the newly launched company took charge to create some memorable VFX.

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Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
Behind the Lens: Kramer Morgenthau, ASC on Sleepy Hollow

Behind the Lens: Kramer Morgenthau, ASC on Sleepy Hollow

Kramer Morgenthau, ASC has shot over 60 films, including Thor: The Dark World. He has been nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys for his television work, and won an ASC Award for his work on HBO's Game of Thrones. He also shot the pilot for the Fox hit Sleepy Hollow, which gave us an opportunity to talk to him about his work, his influences and his philosophy of lighting and camera moves.

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Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with Editor Alan E. Bell

The Hunger Games: Catching Fire with Editor Alan E. Bell

When we last touched base with editor and longtime Creative COW member and community leader, Alan Edward Bell, ACE, he had just finished cutting The Amazing Spider-Man. For The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, we find him reunited with director Francis Lawrence, for whom he edited Water for Elephants. Bell talks about the challenges of editing Catching Fire and some of the gear choices he made to improve the pipeline's efficiency.

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Debra Kaufman
Windows Hardware & Software
Panasonic Debuts ToughPad for U.S. M&E Market

Panasonic Debuts ToughPad for U.S. M&E Market

Panasonic introduced Toughpad 4K, a 20-inch tablet that offers 4K resolution in a thin, lightweight and "business-rugged" package, for just under $6,000. This new tablet adds to Panasonic's UltraHD portfolio, which includes the recently unveiled 4K production monitor.

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Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
Prime Focus Brings The Last Emperor into 3D

Prime Focus Brings The Last Emperor into 3D

Rumors had buzzed for two years that director Bernardo Bertolucci was interested in converting his masterpiece The Last Emperor to 3D. That became a reality when the 3D version debuted at the Cannes Film Festival. The sensitive job of handling the conversion went to Prime Focus in London, which dedicated hundreds of rotoscope artists, proprietary tools and artistic intention to uphold the intention of the original version. The verdict? Bertolucci called it "beautiful and magical."

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Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
John Dykstra, ASC: VFX Then and Now

John Dykstra, ASC: VFX Then and Now

Creative COW had the great pleasure of speaking to visual effects pioneer John Dykstra, who received his first Academy Award for his work on Star Wars, and, the same year, won an Academy Scientific and Engineering Award for the Dykstraflex motion-control camera that made so many of Star Wars' effects possible. Join us as he shares behind the scenes on Star Wars, speaks about his transition from an artist to a VFX supervisor, and gives us his thoughts on the state of VFX today.

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John Dykstra, ASC
TV & Movie Appreciation
Creating the 3D in Gravity

Creating the 3D in Gravity

Gravity, the highly-acclaimed, intensely emotional space thriller, has been hailed as some of the - if not the VERY - best 3D footage ever seen on the big screen. This has led to some surprise when learning that Gravity was NOT shot in 3D. However, it wasn't entirely converted in post either. It featured an innovative and unique workflow that incorporated 3D conversion during production as well as a complex integration with 3D VFX. In a conversation with Prime Focus World, we find out how they did it.

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Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
Restoring Mary Pickford's Lost Film

Restoring Mary Pickford's Lost Film

Actor, screenwriter, producer and United Artists co-founder Mary Pickford made 205 films in her very productive life. Of those, ten features and 25 shorts were believed lost. Earlier this month, one of Mary Pickford's shorts - Their First Misunderstanding (1911) - was saved from oblivion. The incredible story of how a lost film was found and then salvaged involves more than a little luck, along with the knowledge and skillset of a group of committed film archivists and film preservationists. The story begins in a dilapidated barn. Read more...

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Debra Kaufman
A Conversation with Bill Feightner, New Colorfront CTO

A Conversation with Bill Feightner, New Colorfront CTO

Image scientist Bill Feightner has been responsible for many of the industry's visual creative milestones, including digital color separation and the world's first 4K DI. Just prior to receiving a SPMTE Lifetime Achievement Award -- ready to join his Emmy Award and Technical Achievement Award from AMPAS -- we spoke to Bill about co-founding EFILM, his new role at Colorfront, and the future of color and image science, remote collaboration, and post-production operations.

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Debra Kaufman
Art of the Edit
Coloring Machete Kills: Natasha Leonnet

Coloring Machete Kills: Natasha Leonnet

Colorist Natasha Leonnet talks about Machete Kills, her sixth collaboration with director Robert Rodriguez, and her pathway to becoming a colorist.

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Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Behind the Lens: From 7 to 56 UP with George Jesse Turner

Behind the Lens: From 7 to 56 UP with George Jesse Turner

The UP series, directed by Michael Apted, began in 1964 with Seven UP, which interviewed 14 children from diverse backgrounds from all over England. Every seven years, Apted has returned to these same children to ask about the progression of their lives. The result, the UP Series, is according to critic Roger Ebert, "an inspired, almost noble use of the film medium. Apted penetrates to the central mystery of life." Cinematographer George Jesse Turner has shot all the UP Series films since 21 UP in 1977.

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George Jesse Turner
Cinematography
Behind the Lens: The Summit with Nick Ryan

Behind the Lens: The Summit with Nick Ryan

In August 2008, eleven climbers died on K2, the Himalayan peak nicknamed the Savage Mountain. In The Summit, filmmaker Nick Ryan delves into the mystery of what actually happened that day, in a masterful collage of footage taken by the climbers, stunning aerial shots of K2, interviews and re-enactments. Take a look behind the lens with Nick Ryan as he relates how he respectfully re-captured those tragic moments.

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Nick Ryan
Cinematography
Behind the Lens: C.O.G. & Kyle Patrick Alvarez

Behind the Lens: C.O.G. & Kyle Patrick Alvarez

Based on an autobiographical comedy by acclaimed author and NPR contributor David Sedaris, "C.O.G." focuses on a summer of misadventures and growing up one young man named David [as in David Sedaris] encounters on an apple farm in Oregon. This look behind the lens of "C.O.G." with filmmaker Kyle Patrick Alvarez reveals a captivating story on both sides of the camera.

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Kyle Patrick Alvarez
Broadcasting
Will 2014 Be the Year of 4K?

Will 2014 Be the Year of 4K?

UltraHD, or 4K, has been making an appearance at trade shows for the last couple of years. At this year's IBC in Amsterdam, the demonstrations and products pushed forward the idea that 4K is a possibility for TV distribution and general production and post. Creative COW takes a look at the offerings and the opportunities.

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Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Behind the Lens: Homeland's David Klein, ASC

Behind the Lens: Homeland's David Klein, ASC

David Klein, ASC is currently Director of Photography for two premium cable hit series: Showtime's Homeland, which returns for a third season on September 29, and HBO's True Blood. In this article, Klein speaks to Creative COW about his work on Homeland.

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David Klein, ASC
Audio Professionals
Remembering Ray Dolby: A Life of Invention

Remembering Ray Dolby: A Life of Invention

Ray Dolby gave his talents and his name to the most significant advances in audio recording, for both the professional film/TV/music industries and consumer products. On the occasion of his death, at age 80, Creative COW tells the story of his life, his engineering achievements and the impact he has had on the creative people in our industry.

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Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
The Wizard of Oz: A Hollywood Jewel Now in 3D and IMAX

The Wizard of Oz: A Hollywood Jewel Now in 3D and IMAX

The Wizard of Oz debuted in 3D and IMAX on September 20 for just one week, and it was a treat not to be missed. For almost a year, a Prime Focus team in Los Angeles and Mumbai carefully rotoscoped and composited each scene to create a respectful, eye-opening 3D version of this iconic movie. The result reveals all the beautiful artistry and craft that went into this much-loved classic.

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Debra Kaufman
Autodesk 3ds Max
Autodesk, The New Rental Model & Flame Premium 2014

Autodesk, The New Rental Model & Flame Premium 2014

Autodesk Industry Marketing Manager Marc Hamaker talks about Autodesk's decision to add a rental model. Rental models for Autodesk Design and Creation Suites as well as individual software packages, is available on Sept. 16. Also new is Flame Premium 2014, which integrates visual effects, editorial finishing and 3D effects creation.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Archiving and Back-Up
Sony Media Cloud Services Debuts New & Enhanced Services

Sony Media Cloud Services Debuts New & Enhanced Services

Sony Media Cloud Services just debuted three new production applications (RoughCut, AudioReview and VideoReview) as well as integration of Sony’s wireless camera adapter. The cloud service has already been in heavy use at Sony Pictures, and is newly adapated by broadcasters and other media and entertainment organizations.

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Debra Kaufman
What Computer Should I Buy?
HP's New Z: ZBook Mobile Workstation

HP's New Z: ZBook Mobile Workstation

HP is targeting disgruntled Apple Mac Book Pro users with a line-up of three ZBook Mobile Workstations, including the ZBook 14, which the company terms "the first workstation Ultrabook." Also new are enhanced Z Workstations featuring the latest in Intel architecture, the Ivy Bridge Xeon processor and Thunderbolt technology for high-speed data transfer, and two new Z Displays. These machines are far from mere attempts to "catch up," though. Instead, they offer features and power not seen elsewhere, and are turning heads of even hardcore Mac users.

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Debra Kaufman
Adobe After Effects
Adobe Ups Creative Cloud and Adobe Anywhere

Adobe Ups Creative Cloud and Adobe Anywhere

Adobe has updated its Creative Cloud with 150 new features, including numerous video tools for Premiere Pro, After Effects, SpeedGrade and other components. In addition, the company has also planned significant updates to Adobe Anywhere Video, the "modern collaborative workflow platform" that allows Adobe pro-video solutions benefit from centralized media and assets across standard networks.

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Debra Kaufman
Adobe After Effects
Fans OCCUPY Conan With Self-Produced Parodies

Fans OCCUPY Conan With Self-Produced Parodies

Lead editor Dan Dome and editors Robert Ashe, Jr., Chris Heller and David Grecu all put together OCCUPY Conan, a fan-sourced episode of the popular late night show. It's harder than it sounds, and that's why the Conan Editing Team is now up for an Emmy for Outstanding Multicam Editing for a Comedy Series.

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Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Storyboarding FX's The Bridge

Storyboarding FX's The Bridge

FX Networks' latest TV series, The Bridge, pairs a Mexican and American detective as they try to capture a serial killer operating on both sides of the U.S./Mexico border. Producer Patrick Markey turned to Famous Frames to provide storyboard artists to help visualize many of the TV series' complex action sequences.

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Debra Kaufman
Business & Marketing
Women In Post Join Forces

Women In Post Join Forces

Women in Post is a new HPA (Hollywood Post Alliance) committee formed by and for a decidedly minority group in the world of film/TV high technology. After three meetings -- two of them successful round table discussions, featuring accomplished women in the industry -- the group is expanding its plans to offer networking, mentoring and camaraderie and more.

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Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
A Band Called Death

A Band Called Death

Playing music impossibly ahead of its time, Death is now being credited as the first black punk band (heck...the first punk band!) and its members -- Bobby Hackney, Sr., Dannis Hackney, David Hackney, and Bobbie Duncan -- are finally receiving their long overdue recognition as true rock pioneers. Directors Jeff Howlett and Mark Covino speak about the making of this surprising film.

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Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
Elysium: Insights From The VFX Supervisors

Elysium: Insights From The VFX Supervisors

Vancouver-based VFX facility Image Engine was the VFX unit for Elysium as well as the lead VFX vendor. Associate Visual Effects Supervisor Andrew Chapman and overall Production Visual Effects Producer Shawn Walsh talk about how their company handled the visual effects works from pre-production through to completion.

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Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
Creating the Details of Elysium's Luxury World

Creating the Details of Elysium's Luxury World

VFX facility Whiskytree accomplished approximately 80 shots in Elysium, all of them focusing on the creation of the mansions, municipal buildings, flora and fauna of the wealthy enclave on the torus. Lead VFX house Image Engine and Whiskytree created an unusually close collaboration to get the job done.

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Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
Inside Elysium with Director Neill Blomkamp

Inside Elysium with Director Neill Blomkamp

Five journalists sat in on a round-table interview with Elysium writer-director Neill Blomkamp a week prior to the film's debut. In this intimate portrait, Neill talks about what inspired the film, how he takes an organic, artistic approach to filmmaking, and how his own history, including being a VFX artist, creates a different kind of drive as a director.

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Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
The State of Cinematography: Insights From The Rental Houses

The State of Cinematography: Insights From The Rental Houses

Rental houses, which have existed since the 1920s, have all experienced the evolution from film to video to data. Today, the trends that rental houses experience -- from technology to business practices -- are a lens for understanding what's going on in the bigger ecosystem of the film/TV industry. In Part 1, we look at the challenges facing rental houses in today's production environment.

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Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Future of Cinematography: Insights From the Rental Houses

Future of Cinematography: Insights From the Rental Houses

Rental houses, which have existed since the 1920s, have all experienced the evolution from film to video to data. Today, the trends that rental houses experience -- from technology to business practices -- are a lens for understanding what's going on in the bigger ecosystem of the film/TV industry. In Part 2, we look at the ways that rental houses have adapted to thrive in a new digital age.

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Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
Pacific Rim Animated by Industrial Light & Magic

Pacific Rim Animated by Industrial Light & Magic

When director Guillermo Del Toro conceived the battle between the Kaiju monsters and human-controlled Jaeger robots, he knew the best possible VFX facility to bring this vision to reality would be Industrial Light & Magic, the company that pioneered CG creature-creation. In an unusually close collaboration between director and VFX facility, Pacific Rim gets up-close-and-personal with organic and metallic creatures that are both believable and thrilling.

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Debra Kaufman
ARRI
Behind the Lens: The Lone Ranger's Bojan Bazelli

Behind the Lens: The Lone Ranger's Bojan Bazelli

Bojan Bazelli, ASC, working with Director Gore Verbinski, designed and executed a unique look for The Lone Ranger. With a nod to the much-filmed Western genre, they made a uniquely contemporary film with a much more desaturated color palette and a grittier look to the classic locations.

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Bojan Bazelli, ASC
Cinematography
World War Z: Location Production for the Zombie Apocalypse

World War Z: Location Production for the Zombie Apocalypse

The team that developed virtual cinematography for Avatar went even further for World War Z, creating a much more advanced system for everything from video assist to capturing lens metadata, able to stand up to eight weeks of 14 hour days, in remote locations and extreme conditions around the world.

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Debra Kaufman
Art of the Edit
Workflow: Industry Pros Face the Challenges

Workflow: Industry Pros Face the Challenges

With the rise of 4K, the film/TV industry faces a new set of challenges in acquisition, post production, distribution, media management and storage. Many executives remember all too well how the often-painful adoption of HD created upheavals in the production and post chain, and now, only a few years later, the ante is being upped to 4K.

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Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
White House Down: Method Studios Wreaks CG Havoc

White House Down: Method Studios Wreaks CG Havoc

Method Studios Vancouver created 185 shots on White House Down, including digital doubles of people and places -- and LOTS of explosions. Method's VFX Supervisor and VFX Producer tell us how their crew of just 80 artists put it all together.

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Ollie Rankin
Art of the Edit
Now You See Me: Modus FX Helps Create the Magic

Now You See Me: Modus FX Helps Create the Magic

Modus FX created 227 visual effects shots in Now You See Me, a movie starring Jesse Eisenberg, Mark Ruffalo, Morgan Freeman, Woody Harrelson and Isla Fisher about four young magicians who appear to rob banks during their performances, distributing the spoils to their audiences, while the FBI and Interpol pursue them. Launched in 2007 by co-founders Marc Bourbonnais and Yanick Wilisky, Modus FX is located in a 12,000 square foot facility just outside Montreal. Modus was charged with many of the film's CG-heavy sequences, including the 5Pointz segment, which was almost entirely CG. In this article Modus FX visual effects supervisor Wayne Brinton takes Creative COW readers behind the scenes of the company's VFX magic.

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Wayne Brinton
Cinematography
Douglas Trumbull Pushes HFR Cinema Higher With 3D 4K 120 FPS

Douglas Trumbull Pushes HFR Cinema Higher With 3D 4K 120 FPS

Douglas Trumbull wanted to make UFOTOG, a 10-minute short, to showcase his vision of immersive movie-going: 120 fps at 4K in 3D, on a curved screen. To shoot and present a movie in a never-before-seen format, he turned to JMR Electronics to design and build a server and storage system that could collect, manage, playback and edit the huge amounts of image data generated by 120 fps, 4K and 3D. In this story, we learn how Trumbull created an innovative pipeline and worked with JMR Electronics to come up with a tailored solution to his very demanding production needs.

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JMR Electronics Features Douglas Trumbull
Art of the Edit
How Editors Shaped The Story of Star Trek Into Darkness

How Editors Shaped The Story of Star Trek Into Darkness

The old saying is that the edit is the final version of the script. For editors Mary Jo Markey, A.C.E. and Maryann Brandon, A.C.E, their work on Star Trek: Into Darkness began far earlier than that -- when they were asked for their advice on how to shape the script in the first place! In conversation with Debra Kaufman, they describe the role they play in the storytelling process itself, in a way that far transcends the cutting of scenes.

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Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
Star Trek Into Darkness & the Dolby PRM-4200 Monitor

Star Trek Into Darkness & the Dolby PRM-4200 Monitor

On Star Trek Into Darkness, VFX producer Ron Ames was concerned about standardizing color information between production company Bad Robot and the VFX companies ILM and Pixomondo as well as DI facility Company 3. The solution was installing Dolby's PRM-4200, a professional reference monitor that can be calibrated so that every one shows the exact same color. In this article, Ames and Pixomondo VFX supervisor Ben Grossman talk about how the Dolby Professional Reference Monitor improved the workflow and gave them the confidence that everyone was seeing the same thing.

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Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
Behind the Lens: Rachel Morrison Receives Kodak Vision Award

Behind the Lens: Rachel Morrison Receives Kodak Vision Award

Cinematographer Rachel Morrison, who photographed the Sundance Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award winner Fruitvale Station, was presented with the Kodak Vision Award at the 2013 Women In Film (WIF) Crystal + Lucy Awards in Los Angeles on June 12. The award is given annually to a female filmmaker with outstanding achievements in cinematography who also collaborates with and assists women in the entertainment industry. Fruitvale Station, directed by Ryan Coogler, tells the story of the 22-year-old Oscar Grant, who is killed by a Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) policeman on the Fruitvale Station platform.

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Rachel Morrison
TV & Movie Appreciation
Restoring Richard III: VistaVision to 4K

Restoring Richard III: VistaVision to 4K

When The Film Foundation decided to restore Richard III, the non-profit film preservation organization approached Grover Crisp, Sony Pictures Executive Vice President, Asset Management, Film Restoration & Digital Mastering, Sony Pictures Entertainment. The job was to return the film as close as possible to its original version, which involved restoring over 100 shots. Cineric in New York dug up the missing trims and provided the 4K wet-gate scan, and Crisp brought in MTI Film for much of the restoration, including creating missing frames. Sony Pictures' DI and restoration facility Colorworks finished the job with a careful DI, and the film -- which has been released on BluRay by Criterion -- is expected to have a theatrical release through Janus Films.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Film History & Appreciation
Behind the Lens: Peter Suschitzky & After Earth

Behind the Lens: Peter Suschitzky & After Earth

British cinematographer Peter Suschitzky, BSC, ASC has shot an astonishing number of films that have become iconic: Privilege (the film that inspired George Lucas to ask him to shoot Star Wars), Star Wars Episode 5 - The Empire Strikes Back, The Rocky Horror Picture Show and every David Cronenberg film since Dead Ringers. He got his career start as a child, fascinated by the dark room work of his father, cinematographer Wolfgang Suschitzky, who shot Get Carter among his other credits, and as a very young man shooting documentaries in Latin America. Most recently, Suschitzky was the first to get his hands on Sony's new F65 cameras, to shoot After Earth.

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Peter Suschitzky ASC BSC
Film History & Appreciation
The Great Gatsby VFX: Iloura's Valley of the Ashes

The Great Gatsby VFX: Iloura's Valley of the Ashes

In director Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, one of the more dramatic locations is the Valley of Ashes, a bleak, depressing rubbish dump that the characters pass through on their way between Manhattan and Long Island. Nearly everything there was created by Iloura, an Australian VFX company. Iloura Visual Effects Supervisor Julian Dimsey and Compositor Matt Omond speak with Creative COW about the work they did to create the Valley of Ashes.

Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Film History & Appreciation
The Great Gatsby VFX: Animal Logic Sets the Scene in 3D

The Great Gatsby VFX: Animal Logic Sets the Scene in 3D

Award-winning, Sydney-based VFX and animation company, Animal Logic delivered 590 shots for the gilt, luxurious and captivating film adaptation of The Great Gatsby. 175 people worked on Gatsby over the course of a year and a half. VFX Producer Ingrid Johnston and VFX Supervisor Andy Brown talk to Creative COW about their work on The Great Gatsby.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
AVID
CatDV Connects with Avid

CatDV Connects with Avid

Square Box Systems' has just unveiled a CatDV asset management system for integration with Avid nonlinear editors. Pegasus is a premium CatDV client that is based on the CatDV Enterprise product and, in addition to integration with Avid Media Composer, also offers metadata support for RED Epic. With this addition, CatDV now offers support for Avid Media Composer, Adobe Premiere and Apple Final Cut Pro.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
Blackmagic Design
Arrested Development at Shapeshifter

Arrested Development at Shapeshifter

Shapeshifter in Los Angeles most recently color-corrected and added VFX to ten of the new 15 episodes of the cult TV show Arrested Development. The job came to the full-service post facility almost accidentally, when colorist Randy Coonfield advised the production on how to best round-trip between the company's Avids and its DaVinci Resolve from Blackmagic Design. Since all 15 episodes were released at once, Randy had his hands full, often color-correcting two episodes at a time to make the final push, turning out an entire season in a matter of days. Here, Randy Coonfield talks to Creative COW about what it took to get this new on-demand season out and streaming.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Randy Coonfield
Cinematography
Behind the Lens: The Kings of Summer with Ross Riege

Behind the Lens: The Kings of Summer with Ross Riege

After Ross Riege completed shooting The Kings of Summer, he moved on to working on a feature-length documentary with director Greg Kohs. During that session, Ross took some time out of his busy schedule to talk with Creative COW about his career path as a young cinematographer and his experiences shooting his first feature film, The Kings of Summer.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Ross Riege
TV & Movie Appreciation
VFX Titans Remember Ray Harryhausen

VFX Titans Remember Ray Harryhausen

"When we grieve Ray Harryhausen's passing, we are at least in part grieving perhaps the last living link to the earliest days of movie visual effects," says Creative COW's Debra Kaufman. She spoke to many of today's VFX giants who were inspired by Ray, including Phil Tippett, Richard Edlund, Jeffrey A. Okun and ILM Animation Director Hal Hickel, who says, "Ray Harryhausen's impact on an entire generation (several actually) of filmmakers cannot be overstated, each of them trying again and again to reproduce the wonder they first felt as a child watching Jason fight those skeletons."

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
Iron Man 3, Marvel & The Future of the Superhero

Iron Man 3, Marvel & The Future of the Superhero

Victoria Alonso, Marvel Studios Executive Vice President of Visual Effects and Post Production, began her career in the early days of the digital visual effects industry. We had the wonderful opportunity to speak with Victoria about the Iron Man movies, post production's evolution, remote dailies and coloring on set, 4K & HFR, and keeping the modern superhero movie fresh.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
MAYA
Iron Man 3: The Trixters Behind Tony Stark's Shiny New Armor

Iron Man 3: The Trixters Behind Tony Stark's Shiny New Armor

Seventy artists from Trixter worked an entire year to create a formidable 208 VFX shots for Marvel's Iron Man 3. Each new episode in the Iron Man saga details a slick new technology created by the ingenious Tony Stark, and the new installment does not disappoint! Combining the hard surface geometry of the Iron Man suit auto-assembly with the flexibility of the human body was one of the challenges that Trixter brought from previs to believable screen reality.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Alessandro Cioffi
Sony Vegas
NAB 2013: Sony Creative Software

NAB 2013: Sony Creative Software

Sony Creative Software offered some important updates with its Vegas Pro 12 software. Chief among the upgrades was native support for 4K and support for Panasonic's P2 cameras. Sony Creative Software also highlighted SpectraLayers Pro and Sound Forge Pro Mac, which were shown as a technology demonstration at last year's NAB but are now shipping. With a range of in-depth presentations by Sony Creative Software users, a visit to this company's booth was an education in the various creative ways that the software can be used successfully.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
AJA Video Systems
NAB 2013: AJA Video Systems

NAB 2013: AJA Video Systems

AJA Video Systems debuted its Ki Pro Quad solid-state portable video recorder for 4K camera-to-editorial workflows with Apple ProRes and RAW data. The new Ki Pro Quad supports 4:2:2 and 4:4:4 recording at HD and 2K resolution and real-time scaling from 4K/Quad HD to 2K/HD among its many other features. AJA also introduced its Hi5-4K Mini-Converter, which offers a monitoring connection from professional 4K devices to consumer 4K displays, and its Region of Interest Mini-Converter, which enables conversion and real-time scaling of computer DVI-D and HDMI outputs to baseband video over SDI. AJA also came to the show with lots of partnership news from Adobe, Avid and FilmLight as well as Quantel is now using AJA's Corvid Ultra OEM cards to power its Pablo RIO.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
NAB 2013: JB&A, SNS, Square Box, Telestream

NAB 2013: JB&A, SNS, Square Box, Telestream

At JB&A's annual Pre-NAB Special Event, the media management company brought together a range of companies representing the entire production/post pipeline, to show off a range of workflow solutions. Some of those companies included Christie, which showcased its new Phoenix content management system; Square Box, which unveiled Version 10.0 of its CatDV Digital Asset Management software; Studio Network Solutions (SNS), which debuted EVO v5, major hardware and OS upgrade to its EVO shared storage server; and Telestream, which introduced new products and capabilities for its Vantge video transcoding and workflow orchestration products.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
NAB 2013: JMR Electronics

NAB 2013: JMR Electronics

Chatsworth, California-based JMR Electronics came to NAB with an expanded suite of SilverStor Desktop products, a cloud-ready SAS/SATA/SSD RAID solution, server and workstation. Starting at $5,000, the SilverStor family now includes SilverStor's 4-Bay and 8-Bay SAS/SATA JBOD/RAID systems, 3-slot and 5-slot PCIe systems, and latest ATX and Desktop/Rackmount Workstations. Also showcased in the JMR booth was The Creative-Cartel's Joust, which collects metadata and offers tools to streamline reviews, bid packages, watermarking, vendor submissions, plate pulls and transcoding.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
Matrox Video Systems
NAB 2013: Matrox Video Systems

NAB 2013: Matrox Video Systems

At NAB 2013, Matrox Graphics' new Mojito 4K is a quad 3G-SDI 4K video monitoring card aimed at Adobe professional editing on the Windows platform. Also new is Matrox Monarch HD, an under-$1,000 compact video streaming/ recording appliance designed for users who need to simultaneously stream a live event and record a Blu-ray quality version for post-event editing. The company also debuted Matrox Avio F125, fiber-optic KVM extenders that separate dual HD video, keyboard, mouse, stereo analog audio and USB 2.0 devices from a workstation and plays back HD, 2K and 4K video without dropped frames at maximum distances of 4 km. KVM extenders are also now compatible with APCON IntellaPatch Series 3000 XE network switches.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
NAB 2013: ATTO Technology

NAB 2013: ATTO Technology

ATTO Technology celebrates its 25-year anniversary at NAB 2013, and showcased its portfolio of products, including its latest 16Gb/s Fibre Channel products such as the Celerity Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters (HBAs). Also on show were the FastFrame line of Network Interface Cards (NICs) and Converged Network Adapters (CNAs); and Thunderbolt Desklink devices, ThunderLink and ThunderStream among others. With regard to its 64 partners, ATTO also had news: JMR Electronics selected ATTO Technology for storage for its latest SilverStor desktop SAS/SATA RAID storage solution and SGO added ATTO Technology products for its Mistika creative toolset.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
NAB 2013: Panasonic

NAB 2013: Panasonic

Panasonic used NAB 2013 to unveil a number of new products and technologies. Chief among them was the third generation VariCam, the first to incorporate Panasonic's new AVC-ULTRA video codec for native 1080/60p operation. The company also unveiled the AJ-PD500, its first P2 HD recorder with native AVC-ULTRA recording and built-in microP2 card slots - and the first to record in full-resolution, 10-bit 1080/60p (in AVC-Intra Class100). Also new from Panasonic was the the BT-4LH310, a 31-inch 4096 x 2160 resolution LCD monitor, an important piece in the move to UltraHD/4K production and post.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
NewTek TriCaster
NAB 2013: NewTek

NAB 2013: NewTek

At NAB 2013, NewTek unveiled 3Play 4800, a multi-camera server for live sports production that features real-time uses, redundant capture, high-end visual effects and slo-mo, as well as live replay switching and social media publishing. 3Play 4800 is the latest in the 3Play series of replay server technology and intended to provide affordable access to more sports broadcasters. NewTek also showcased the latest products benefitting the TriCaster 8000 from companies in the NewTek Developer Network, in categories ranging from content to controllers.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
Canon Cameras
NAB 2013: Canon Demonstrates 4K Workflow, Intros New Cameras

NAB 2013: Canon Demonstrates 4K Workflow, Intros New Cameras

Canon highlighted an end-to-end 4K workflow at NAB 2013, showing a digital intermediate suite and a live 4K broadcast with "Ultra-Zoom" applications. The company also debuted two new, entry-level professionals video cameras, the XA25 and XA20. The cameras feature Canon's first-ever Organic LED (OLED) touch panels, weigh 2.6 pounds and are priced at under $3,000. Canon also announced that it's begun development on a new 35mm prime lens for large-format single-sensor cameras employing Super 35mm, full-frame 35mm, and APS-C size imagers.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
NAB 2013: Anton/Bauer

NAB 2013: Anton/Bauer

Anton/Bauer came to NAB 2013 to celebrate its Scientific and Engineering Award from AMPAS earlier in the year...and to introduce three new products: the Anton/Bauer Gold Spectrum Wireless Series, the result of a collaboration with sister Vitec company Integrated Microwave Technologies; the DIONIC HD battery, aimed at use with some of today's high-end digital cameras; and the PowerCharger 3000 Series of three new chargers.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
NAB 2013: Blackmagic Design Debuts an UltraHD Workflow

NAB 2013: Blackmagic Design Debuts an UltraHD Workflow

At the Blackmagic Design, UltraHD/4K reigned supreme. The company not only introduced a 4K camera, the Blackmagic Production Camera, but a range of products that create an entire UltraHD workflow. Blackmagic Design has been focusing on 6G-SDI technology for multiple products including the ATEM Production Studio 4K live production studio, Blackmagic Audio Monitor and ATEM Studio Converter 2, all of which support UltraHD resolution. In addition, Blackmagic introduced its Pocket Cinema Camera, a compact Super 16 digital cinema camera with 13 stops of dynamic range, and DaVinci Resolve 10, both priced under $1,000.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
NAB 2013: Quantel Focuses on UltraHD Workflow

NAB 2013: Quantel Focuses on UltraHD Workflow

Quantel introduced a range of products that empower UltraHD/4K and even 8K production. Partnerships with AJA (for its Corvid Ultra video card) and NVIDIA (for its Tesla accelerator) have made Pablo Rio capable of high resolution work, including 4K at 60 fps. The company also enabled broadcast and post production workflows with enhancements with QTube, Enterprise sQ and Quantel revolutionQ. Quantel is also now involved in furthering FIMS (Framework for Interoperable Media Services), an initiative jointly managed by the EBU and AMWA to define standards for Service Oriented Architecture systems. With regard to Stereo 3D, Quantel also introduced SynthIA which enables interaxial adjustments in post as well as other manipulations.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
ARRI
NAB 2013: ARRI Upgrades Alexa & Shows Off Anamorphic Lenses

NAB 2013: ARRI Upgrades Alexa & Shows Off Anamorphic Lenses

ARRI made good on its promise to plan a long-life path for Alexa; at NAB 2013, the company offered the XR Module and several components of the Alexa XT configuration as upgrades. The first three focal lengths of the ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic lens series are slated to ship next month, and ARRI showed a 10-minute film shot with the 50 mm MA50 lens. Also on tap were Pro Camera Accessories for the Sony F5/F55, new Alura LDS Extenders, lightweight matte box LMB-6, and the new Cage System II.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
AVID
NAB 2013: Avid Everywhere

NAB 2013: Avid Everywhere

At NAB 2013, Avid introduced its new President/CEO Louis Hernandez, Jr., who has been associated with Avid as a board member and lead director. He discussed Avid Everywhere, an end-to-end workflow that enables creative to work anywhere, as "a concept that has been shaping our product strategy." New product introductions included Interplay Production 3.0, Media Composer 7.0 and Pro Tools 11, the latter rewritten from the ground up.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
NAB 2013: Autodesk Expands Its Reach

NAB 2013: Autodesk Expands Its Reach

This year, Autodesk comes to NAB 2013 not simply as a successful company in the professional content creation space, but a player in the consumer market as well. SketchBook alone has 15+ million users and the use of Smoke has also now reached thousands of new customers. On the professional side, the newly debuted Autodesk Entertainment Creation Suite 2014 includes updated versions of Maya, 3ds Max, MotionBuilder, Mudbox, Softimage and Sketchbook Designer. Autodesk has also announced partnerships with Blackmagic Design and Technicolor.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
NAB 2013: Sorenson Media Releases Squeeze 9

NAB 2013: Sorenson Media Releases Squeeze 9

In a pre-NAB briefing, Sorenson Media CEO Peter Csathy and Vice President of Engineering Mitch Holyoak spoke to Creative COW about Squeeze 9, which was unveiled today at the show. In addition to HTML5 publishing, the new version offers a more intuitive user interface, enhancements to video quality and speed and improvements to its review and approval functionality. Additionally, Sorenson Media announced a partnership with Sony Creative Software, launching Squeeze Desktop Software in Sony Online Store.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
Jurassic Park 3D: A New Dimension For A Modern Classic

Jurassic Park 3D: A New Dimension For A Modern Classic

If you liked Jurassic Park the first time around, you're going to love it in 3D. If there was ever a movie that cried out for a third dimension, it was this one: T-Rex towering over the teetering SUV? Raptors skittering in the kitchen? Jurassic Park's already edge-of-your-seat scenes get even scarier in stereoscopic 3D. Conversions from 2D to 3D have gotten a bad rap due to a small handful of movies that were not done skillfully. Stereo D- which also did the conversion work for Titanic -- handled Jurassic Park. President William Sherak and Executive Vice President, Chief Creative Officer Aaron Parry talked to Creative COW about their work on Spielberg's dinosaur blockbuster, and why 2D-to-3D conversions are booming.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
Art of the Edit
Sony Launches Media Cloud Service Company

Sony Launches Media Cloud Service Company

Sony Corporation unveiled a new subsidiary - Sony Media Cloud Services - which brings Ci, a new platform and tools to collect, produce, share, manipulate and archive content. This brings Sony not just into the cloud but also into the Software as a Service business model. NBCUniversal is an alpha customer for the Ci MasterSuite tools, which enters beta today.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
NAB 2013: Adobe Introduces Adobe Anywhere

NAB 2013: Adobe Introduces Adobe Anywhere

At NAB 2013, Adobe is introducing Adobe Anywhere, a collaborative workflow platform that centralizes projects and allows users to share and change project files. Also new are some powerful new features for Adobe Premiere Pro, including color grading and the ability to "link & locate" clips. A newly designed SpeedGrade also makes color grading tools more familiar to Adobe toolset users, and After Effects celebrates its 20th anniversary.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
Sony Imageworks Takes Us On The Yellow Brick Road to OZ

Sony Imageworks Takes Us On The Yellow Brick Road to OZ

Sony Imageworks provided over 1,100 digital visual effects shots to Oz the Great and Powerful, a movie which explains how a small time magician became the great Wizard of Oz. Featured are two all-digital characters, the 18-inch China Girl and Finley, the wise-cracking monkey with wings, as well as a host of other digital creatures from river fairies to flying baboons. In addition, Imageworks provided environments from the Kansas Circus to Emerald City and effects work that include the magic of evil and good witches and Oz himself.

Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Film History & Appreciation
VFX Crossroads Pt. 2: Can The VFX Business Be Saved?

VFX Crossroads Pt. 2: Can The VFX Business Be Saved?

In VFX Crossroads, Part 1, we took a close look at how the seeds of the VFX industry’s dysfunctional business model were planted in its earliest days. Although outsourcing and tax incentives/subsidies are the culprits most often cited in today’s news, we saw that the financial picture for VFX houses is far more complex than that. Here in Part 2, we look at some of the solutions proposed by leading voices in the VFX industry, including a VFX facility trade associations, a union or guild, and ending subsidies. The question is, is it all too little too late?

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
Stereoscopic 3D
NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference M & E Roundup

NVIDIA's GPU Technology Conference M & E Roundup

There was truly something for everyone at NVIDIA GTC, and a surprisingly rich amount of thoughtful presentations for the Media & Entertainment crowd. GTC provided many opportunities to learn the basics and, for the truly nerdy, many opportunities to dig deep. As a mere semi-geek, Debra Kaufman learned a lot and met a lot of interesting people. Read her roundup of new M&E technology thanks to super-fast GPU computing.

Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
VFX Crossroads: Causes & Effects Of An Industry Crisis

VFX Crossroads: Causes & Effects Of An Industry Crisis

The VFX industry is in a crisis. As Life of Pi won the Oscar for Best Visual Effects, the venerable facility that created those effects - Rhythm & Hues - declared bankruptcy, and they're hardly the first to close their doors due to financial problems. Debra Kaufman pulls from her 25 years of experience covering the industry to take a close look at how the creators of some of cinema's indelible images are falling prey to dysfunctional business models. Their deep historical roots have also led to visual effects becoming one of the least-profitable areas of film and TV production. How did we get here?

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
Autodesk 3ds Max
Daniel Simon: Designing Fantasy Vehicles for the Movies

Daniel Simon: Designing Fantasy Vehicles for the Movies

Daniel Simon, a native of Germany, had an intense education in automobile design at one of a handful of universities worldwide that have that specialty. Watching Star Wars Episode 1 opened Simon's eyes up to the possibility of designing fantasy vehicles. After seven years of drawing them for his book Cosmic Motors, he was picked by director Joe Kosinski to work on the vehicles in TRON: Legacy. That single job has evolved to a career designing vehicles for several Hollywood movies.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
Broadcasting
The Future of Television-HPA Tech Retreat Unites Techy Types

The Future of Television-HPA Tech Retreat Unites Techy Types

A who’s who of the country’s broadcast, film and TV post production industry convened in Indian Wells, California to listen to tech presentations on everything from Ultra HDTV to Mobile DTV and chew over the latest conundrums. Next year’s HPA Tech Retreat will take place Feb. 17 through 21.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
Art of the Edit
TouchEdit App Brings Pro Editing to the iPad

TouchEdit App Brings Pro Editing to the iPad

Do you miss the tactile aspect of editing film? Or are you a big fan of the iPad? Or would you just love a way to have a super-portable professional editing system? If you've answered "yes" to any of these three questions, you're a potential customer of editor Dan Lebental ACE's new app TouchEdit. TouchEdit is available in the iTunes store for $50.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Indie Film & Documentary
Mondays at Racine Documents Beauty Salon for Cancer Fighters

Mondays at Racine Documents Beauty Salon for Cancer Fighters

Filmmaker Cynthia Wade - who previously won an Academy Award for Documentary Short Subject for Freeheld - has recently finished Mondays at Racine, a moving piece about two sisters who open up their beauty salon every Monday to cater to breast cancer patients undergoing chemotherapy. Focusing on two characters, the film delves deeply into the emotional lives of the women and how the salon, Racine, serves as a place of nurturing and companionship.

Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
NO Relies On 1980s Cameras To Tell A Historic Tale

NO Relies On 1980s Cameras To Tell A Historic Tale

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film after having played Cannes, the Toronto International Film Festival and the Telluride Film Festival, NO is a gripping film about the peaceful overthrow of Chilean strong man General Augusto Pinochet. To make it more intriguing, the filmmakers opted to shoot with Ikegami cameras from 1983, to match existing footage from the era. It's not a decision they took lightly, and their calculations paid off.

Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Claudio Miranda, ASC Makes New Rules for Shooting Life of Pi

Claudio Miranda, ASC Makes New Rules for Shooting Life of Pi

When director Ang Lee brought on cinematographer Claudio Miranda, ASC to shoot Life of Pi, the two were faced with a multi-pronged challenge. For Lee, the movie was to be his first shot digitally as well as his first 3D stereoscopic film, and he relied on Miranda, who had experience in both. But Miranda had other challenges, including shooting the movie's extensive water scenes as well as a key character -- the tiger -- who wasn't there. In this article, Miranda explains how he made it all work, to create what is arguably the year's most gorgeous movie.

Feature, People / Interview
Claudio Miranda, ASC
Cinematography
Behind the Lens: Anna Karenina's Seamus McGarvey ASC, BSC

Behind the Lens: Anna Karenina's Seamus McGarvey ASC, BSC

Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC talks to Creative COW about his Oscar-nominated cinematography on Anna Karenina.

Feature, People / Interview
Seamus McGarvey, ASC, BSC
Audio Professionals
The Art of Foley: John Roesch Honored by MPSE

The Art of Foley: John Roesch Honored by MPSE

John Roesch is one of the most accomplished Foley artists in the motion picture industry, with contributions to more than 400 films in a three decade-spanning career. He is the recipient of two MPSE Golden Reel Awards (The Dark Knight, The Matrix) alongside more than a dozen nominations. He has worked on 16 films that have won Academy Awards for Best Sound or Best Sound Editing. John Roesch spoke to Creative COW about the art of Foley and his extensive experience in creating sound effects.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
John Roesch
Art of the Edit
Zombies Brought to Life For Warm Bodies

Zombies Brought to Life For Warm Bodies

VFX company LOOK Effects ramped up a studio in Vancouver and created a new pipeline for character animation, to produce 85 shots of the Boneys - the most decayed, menacing zombies - in Warm Bodies, the new zom-rom-com based on the book of the same name. In addition to character animation, the company created a CG fly-through of a wasted city, blending with live action plates at each end of the sequence.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
KICKSTART THEFT: Filmed on Sony F65

KICKSTART THEFT: Filmed on Sony F65

Cinematographer Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC and director Frederic Goodich, ASC got together to push the new Sony F65 to its limits. The result is Kickstart Theft, a short film based on De Sica's classic The Bicycle Thieves, which was shot in downtown Los Angeles in a range of challenging lighting and shooting conditions.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
Bill Taylor, ASC Commended with the John A. Bonner Medal

Bill Taylor, ASC Commended with the John A. Bonner Medal

VFX pioneer Bill Taylor, ASC has been voted to receive the John A. Bonner Medal of Commendation by the Board of Governors of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which was presented at the 2013 Scientific and Technical Awards. Inspired by Ray Harryhausen and some of the greatest icons of effects history, Bill has achieved feats of his own. We had the opportunity to speak with him about his luminary career.

Feature, People / Interview
Bill Taylor, ASC
RED Camera
House of Cards

House of Cards

Netflix is distributing all 13 episodes of its first season House of Cards at once, on streaming platforms. That's not all that makes this new political drama series unique. With David Fincher as an executive producer and director of the first two episodes, you'd expect a digitally-savvy pipeline and you'd be correct. In this story, Fincher's post production supervisor Peter Mavromates and assistant editor Tyler Nelson talk about how FotoKem's newly evolved nextLAB system played a role in streamlining the post pipeline.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Stereoscopic 3D
Tim Squyres Edits Life of Pi

Tim Squyres Edits Life of Pi

Tim Squyres, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on Life of Pi, got hooked on film when he took an introductory film course at Cornell University in upstate New York. Squyres talks to Creative COW about the challenges of editing Ang Lee's first digitally shot feature film, which was also a stereoscopic 3D release.

Feature, People / Interview
Tim Squyres
Cinematography
Behind the Lens: Michael Slovis, ASC & Breaking Bad

Behind the Lens: Michael Slovis, ASC & Breaking Bad

Michael Slovis, ASC is behind the lens at the enormously popular and critically acclaimed AMC show Breaking Bad where he's shot four seasons and earned three Emmy nominations. Although his early work was in independent film in New York, Slovis has had a long, successful run in episodic TV including work on Fringe, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, 30 Rock and many others. In one of the most compelling entries yet in our Behind The Lens series, edited by Debra Kaufman, Michael talks about the pleasures of shooting film, his stock choices (which he feels have never been better), why he sticks with prime lenses, and some of the dramatic approaches to visual storytelling that Breaking Bad creator and Executive Director Vince Gilligan has developed for the show.

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Michael Slovis, ASC
Art of the Edit
Unique VFX Challenges for Live One-take Shooting on Les Miz

Unique VFX Challenges for Live One-take Shooting on Les Miz

Les Misérables, based on Victor Hugo's novel of crime and redemption in 19th Century France, has been a huge hit in theatres. Though it's gained acclaim for director Tom Hooper's technique of one-take shots of actors singing the songs, digital visual effects have provided many key elements. Les Miz represents a unique combination of in-camera effects, 2D and 3D compositing, adding elements, removing elements -- and not a single green screen shot.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
Digital Delivery
Zero Dark Thirty’s Pipeline Partners Digilab and Codex

Zero Dark Thirty’s Pipeline Partners Digilab and Codex

London-based workflow provider Digilab and manufacturer Codex teamed up to create a rock-solid pipeline for Zero Dark Thirty, which shot in rugged conditions on location in India and Jordan. Digilab's James Eggleton and Codex's Marc Dando describe how they created a custom pipeline to meet the production's needs.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
The Aesthetics of High Frame Rate Cinema

The Aesthetics of High Frame Rate Cinema

Any change in the way we watch movies creates a heated debate, from the introduction of sound and color to digital acquisition and stereoscopic 3D. Now, the subject of debate is High Frame Rate cinema and, naturally, the debate is emotional. From watching hundreds, maybe thousands, of movies, we all have an idea of what a movie ought to look like, and for some people, HFR doesn't fit into the picture. Other moviegoers are excited about HFR's potential -- but to fulfill it, filmmakers and technologists have a lot of work ahead of them.

Editorial
Debra Kaufman
Stereoscopic 3D
Debra Kaufman's Review of The Hobbit in 48 fps 3D

Debra Kaufman's Review of The Hobbit in 48 fps 3D

Debra Kaufman started her high school's Tolkien Club when she was a big fan of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings. Though she hasn't celebrated Frodo's birthday in many years, she did get out to see The Hobbit in 48 fps. Here are her thoughts on The Hobbit in 48 fps and HFR Cinema in general.

Editorial
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
The Hobbit & The Dawn of High Frame Rate Cinema

The Hobbit & The Dawn of High Frame Rate Cinema

The technology wizards of the film/TV industry have been talking about High Frame Rate cinema for a long time; indeed, Douglas Trumbull's Showscan at 60 fps presaged the current interest over 30 years ago. But it took director Peter Jackson to take the plunge for mainstream cinema, declaring he would shoot The Hobbit in 48 fps to get momentum going. In about a year's time, manufacturers made the gear, theater exhibitors updated their movie theaters, and the studios prepared for one of the most audacious technology debuts that cinema has seen. Creative COW goes behind the scenes to see what it took for you to see The Hobbit in 48 fps.

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Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Skyfall: Dailies & DI from London to California

Skyfall: Dailies & DI from London to California

To ensure color consistency from dailies to DI for Skyfall, Company 3 London and EFILM collaborated to create an integrated pipeline, newly branded EC3. Skyfall cinematographer Roger Deakins, ASC, BSC was able to enjoy dailies graded by his long-time CO3 Santa Monica colorist working out of London, and the two facilities coordinated color science and calibration for an overall consistent look throughout the process.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Hitchcock: Behind the Lens with Jeff Cronenweth, ASC

Hitchcock: Behind the Lens with Jeff Cronenweth, ASC

Psycho still retains its shock value, and the new movie Hitchcock, directed by Sacha Gervasi (Anvil!) and starring Anthony Hopkins as the iconic filmmaker and Helen Mirren as his wife Alma Reville, makes it quite plain how this horror-suspense film became an icon. Set during the filming of Psycho, Hitchcock features the artistry of cinematographer Jeff Cronenweth, ASC, who references the mid-century era with a Technicolor-inflected look and captures an intimate view of Hitchcock’s personal life.

Feature, People / Interview
Jeff Cronenweth, ASC
Cinematography
Firefly: DP David Boyd ASC Recalls Shooting The Cult Classic

Firefly: DP David Boyd ASC Recalls Shooting The Cult Classic

Well before David Boyd A.S.C. shot a single frame of The Walking Dead, Deadwood, or Friday Night Lights, he was the cinematographer for every episode of the short-lived, much-loved series Firefly, from writer-director Joss Whedon. On the 10th anniversary of Firefly, David talks to Creative COW about shooting Firefly, the show's remarkable life since its premature cancellation, and its passionate fans.

Feature, People / Interview
David Boyd, ASC
Art of the Edit
Cloud Atlas: The VFX

Cloud Atlas: The VFX

Cloud Atlas, a complex and lyrical film directed by Lana Wachowski, Andy Wachowski and Tom Tykwer, relies on visual effects and more than a dozen visual effects facilities collaborating closely to bring alive the past and future worlds depicted in its six intertwined stories. Method is one of the houses who helped create these amazing worlds, and Creative COW's Debra Kaufman spoke to them to learn more.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Art of the Edit
Argo's Invisible Effects Create 1970s Tehran

Argo's Invisible Effects Create 1970s Tehran

Argo tells the recently declassified true story of six Americans who escaped the 1979 takeover of the US Embassy in Tehran -- by pretending to be filmmakers! With Argo's filmmakers unable to shoot in Iran, audiences travel there through the "invisible effects" created by Method Los Angeles, whose teams provided compelling illusions that serve as the perfect backdrop for this tale of life and death sleight of hand.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Stereoscopic 3D
The Making of Flight of the Butterflies in 3D on IMAX

The Making of Flight of the Butterflies in 3D on IMAX

SK Films has released Flight of the Butterflies in 3D, an IMAX/giant screen film that details the true story of the scientist who spent 40 years researching the incredible epic migration of the monarch butterfly. Using, among other technologies, a specialized 3D snorkel camera designed by Peter Parks for close-up photography, the feature film features spectacular real footage of the brilliant monarch butterfly sanctuaries.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Hollywood 3D Masters Talk Stereoscopy

Hollywood 3D Masters Talk Stereoscopy

A group of production and post production experts in 3D filmmaking sat down to talk about what they've learned from their experiences, how they define best practices and why they love 3D filmmaking. Creative COW was there to report on the conversation.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
Broadcasting
3DTV To Go: The Evolution of 3D and Multi-Screen Viewing

3DTV To Go: The Evolution of 3D and Multi-Screen Viewing

3D in movies is here to stay. While a bit behind schedule for home viewing, 3D's next horizon may be even smaller screens: glasses-free 3D has been available on phones for over a year, and is evolving for touchscreen tablets. Editor-in-chief and publisher for The Hollywood Reporter for 17 years, Bob Dowling is the co-producer of both the 3D Entertainment Summit and the Multi-Screen Summit, and offers a front row view.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Bob Dowling
Audio Professionals
Soundelux's Wilhoit Recreates Sonic World for End of Watch

Soundelux's Wilhoit Recreates Sonic World for End of Watch

Michael D. Wilhoit, supervising sound editor at Soundelux, collaborated with director David Ayers on the sound track for End of Watch, a critically acclaimed police thriller that takes viewers into the lives of two policemen who become the targets of a dangerous Mexican drug cartel. The movie is stylistically "found footage," and Wilhoit's challenge was to create a soundtrack that matched the movie's gritty immediacy and realism.

Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Michael Goi, ASC: Shooting TV with the Sony F65

Michael Goi, ASC: Shooting TV with the Sony F65

Sony's F65 camera was brand new when seasoned cinematographer Michael Goi, A.S.C. decided to use it to shoot the pilot of the NBC comedy hit The New Normal. A past president of the American Society of Cinematographers, Michael's other recent projects include Glee and the first two seasons of American Horror Story. Goi speaks to Creative COW about using the F65 as well as his preferred workflow for TV.

Editorial, People / Interview
Michael Goi, ASC
Cinematography
Behind the Lens: David Boyd ASC & The Walking Dead

Behind the Lens: David Boyd ASC & The Walking Dead

David Boyd, ASC has lensed 10 episodes to date of AMC's highly popular 'The Walking Dead,' and also directed the sixth episode of the second season, "Secrets." Creative COW's Debra Kaufman spoke with David about shooting style, lighting and lens choices, and staying out of the way. To celebrate the new season of The Walking Dead, Creative COW Magazine is pleased to reintroduce you to David Boyd, the show's original DP, with unique insights to share on its shooting.

Feature, People / Interview
David Boyd, ASC
TV & Movie Appreciation
Lawrence of Arabia: Sony's Beautiful 4K Restoration

Lawrence of Arabia: Sony's Beautiful 4K Restoration

Sony Pictures Entertainment recently finished a 3-year process culminating in a stunning 4K restoration of the 1962 masterpiece Lawrence of Arabia, completed just in time for the film's 50th anniversary. Guided by Sony Executive Vice President Grover Crisp, this massive project engaged cutting-edge technology and expertise from Sony Colorworks DI facility as well as Prasad Corporation and MTI Film, working together on a newly scanned negative. One of the most beautiful films of all time is now more gorgeous than ever.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Storm Surfers 3D Rides the 3D Wave

Storm Surfers 3D Rides the 3D Wave

The Australian movie Storm Surfers 3D takes viewers on an adventure to ride the biggest waves in the world, with two-time world champion surfer Ross Clarke-Jones and tow surfing pioneer Tom Carroll, accompanied by surf forecaster Ben Matson. Not only did the surfers defy death on these enormous waves, but the filmmakers - among them directors Chris Nelius, Justin McMillan and cinematographer Dave Maguire - risked life and gear to get the footage seen in this adrenaline-packed movie.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
DaVinci Resolve
Grading Frankenweenie at Company 3

Grading Frankenweenie at Company 3

Colorist Rob Pizzey just finished the DI for Tim Burton's latest film, Frankenweenie, a 3D stop-motion animated tale of a boy and his deceased dog, brought back to life with the power of science. Creative COW spoke with Company 3 colorist Rob Pizzey in London about the tricks of grading a B&W movie that's also stop-motion and in 3D.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Canon Showcases C500 at Loyal Studios

Canon Showcases C500 at Loyal Studios

At Loyal Studios in Burbank, Canon introduced its latest Cinema EOS camera - the C500 - to a group of cinematographers, directors, producers and other industry players. The C500, which introduces true 4K acquisition, was introduced by the company’s Senior Director of Professional Engineering and Solutions Larry Thorpe. Shown paired with a Codex S recorder, the Canon C500 can also record to devices from five other recorder manufacturers.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Taking 3D Shooting To The Limit -- with 3 Cameras!

Taking 3D Shooting To The Limit -- with 3 Cameras!

HD pioneering cinematographer B. Sean Fairburn, SOC is now working on ways to make 3D cinematography possible for all kinds of difficult and dangerous activities, as well as first-person POVs. He speaks to Creative COW about his work to build rigs that are extremely mobile as well as offering different interocular distances for adapting 3D content to a variety of screen sizes.

Feature, People / Interview
Sean Fairburn, SOC
Blackmagic Design
MTV Trials 3D for Video Music Awards

MTV Trials 3D for Video Music Awards

MTV took a step towards 3D broadcasts at its annual Video Music Awards, feeding a 3D signal into the Regal Theatre adjacent to the event's downtown Los Angeles venue. That 3D signal was a real-time 2D-to-3D conversion thanks to Blackmagic Design's new Teranex 3D processor, which was shown at NAB 2012. Priced at $3,995, the Teranex 3D processor provides a 3D exemplified by depth of field and no artifacts. For MTV, the 3D broadcast is yet another step in experimenting with the right technology for the right event.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
IBC Expo
IBC 2012: NVIDIA

IBC 2012: NVIDIA

Mac enthusiasts were happy to learn that NVIDIA just introduced the Quadro K5000 for Mac Pro systems, based on NVIDIA Kepler architecture and featuring Cinema 4K display support. NVIDIA also unveiled its second-generation Maximus workstation, featuring the Kepler architecture. This means that users can now send compute work to the NVIDIA Tesla accelerator, reserving the Quadro K5000 GPU for content creation. Last, the company debuted a new line of Kepler-powered Quadro graphics solutions for mobile workstations.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
Sorenson Squeeze
IBC 2012: Sorenson Media Introduces Squeeze Premium

IBC 2012: Sorenson Media Introduces Squeeze Premium

Sorenson Media has introduced Squeeze Premium, a version of its flagship Squeeze encoding engine that is now designed to work in a server environment. Developed in response to customer demand, Squeeze Premium shares many similarities with the desktop version - including user interface - which makes it easy to learn and use. At the same time, Premium frees up editors and computers in the post house environment, streamlining workflow and efficiencies.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
Blackmagic Design
IBC 2012: Blackmagic Design Releases

IBC 2012: Blackmagic Design Releases

Blackmagic Design used IBC to debut seven products, including a second version of its camera, the Blackmagic Cinema Camera MFT. The UltraStudio 4K, UltraStudio Mini Monitor and Mini Recorder, and DeckLink 4K Extreme, as well as Mini Converter 4K and Videohub Master Control emphasized the company's focus on 4K and Thunderbolt-enabled products. The company also added support for the ExFAT file system, for Windows users.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
Adobe Premiere Pro
IBC 2012: Adobe Provides Broadcast & Media Solutions

IBC 2012: Adobe Provides Broadcast & Media Solutions

Adobe came to IBC 2012 focused on the broadcast industry. The big reveal was its new Adobe Anywhere, a collaborative workflow platform that allows real-time collaboration for remote users of Premiere Pro, After Effects and Prelude. Adobe expanded its partnerships with broadcast solution companies, to over 200. At the show, Adobe also unveiled a new promotional offer for individuals and corporations interested in switching from Apple Final Cut Pro or Avid Media Composer to Adobe Production Premium or Adobe Creative Cloud.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
AVID
IBC 2012: AVID's Worldwide Collaboration & Delivery

IBC 2012: AVID's Worldwide Collaboration & Delivery

At IBC 2012, the Avid stand sports a globe, an icon of what the company is showing: more emphasis on worldwide collaboration and delivery to multiple screens. In addition to enhancements to the entire Media Composer 6.5 family, Avid unveiled Interplay Production 2.7, with support for Interplay Sphere, ISIS 2000, Avid DNxHD 85/100 and Media Composer 6.5/NewsCutter 10.5. Also new were advances to its asset-based workflow solutions. Interplay MAM (Media Asset Management) Active Archive and a new ProTools/HD Native Thunderbolt interface.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
AJA Video Systems
IBC 2012: AJA

IBC 2012: AJA

AJA is unveiling several new products at IBC 2012, chief among them the Corvid Ultra, which supports 2K and 4K high-frame rate DI workflows. Corvid Ultra also features the new TruScale arbitrary scaling engine, which allows up and down scaling from web video to 4K. Also of note is a new line of USB3-enabled KiStor drives for Ki Pro and Ki Pro Rack as well as a new KiStor Dock with Thunderbolt and USB3 connectivity.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
Autodesk Smoke
IBC 2012: Autodesk

IBC 2012: Autodesk

Autodesk is celebrating the 20th anniversary of Flame by launching Flame 2013, a totally re-architected and re-designed version of the groundbreaking platform. What's new? A new Creative Work Space, full timeline integration and a GPU/CPU model for improved performance. Autodesk is also showing its latest iteration of Smoke for Mac, which has been part of a massive public trial.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
IBC 2012: Colorfront Express Dailies

IBC 2012: Colorfront Express Dailies

Colorfront, the company that brought us On-Set Dailies, is now shipping Express Dailies, a laptop-based dailies system based on the same image-science technology. Express Dailies features a range of tools for file-based workflows, including playback and sync, QC, color grading audio and metadata management: for a new low price of $15,000.

Editorial, Feature
Debra Kaufman
IBC Expo
FilmLight at IBC 2012

FilmLight at IBC 2012

For FilmLight, IBC is traditionally the show where they debut products shown as new technologies at NAB. FilmLight is living up to the tradition by coming to Amsterdam with a long list of new products: FLIP real-time image processor, Baselight TRANSFER real-time 4K dailies processing system; Baselight Editions; Baselight 4.3, the latest version with new features; BLG (Baselight Grade, an open EXR file format); and FLUX, an expandable 80TB streaming media server. The aim, says co-founder/director Wolfgang Lempp, is to improve productivity to keep up with ever-changing workflows.

Editorial
Debra Kaufman
ARRI
Codex at IBC 2012

Codex at IBC 2012

Codex is coming to IBC 2012 with new technology. Although its Onboard S will be shown for the first time at a European tradeshow, the big news is that the company is unveiling its capacity to support Canon Cinema RAW at up to 120 fps at 4K. At an incredibly lightweight and small size, the Onboard S is already being adopted by filmmakers who can benefit from its powerful features and form factor.

Editorial
Debra Kaufman
Adobe Premiere Pro
Editing RHCP's Brendan's Death Song with Premiere Pro

Editing RHCP's Brendan's Death Song with Premiere Pro

Industry veteran Bill Yukich has worked on video projects with Audioslave, Marilyn Manson, Maroon 5, Metallica and the Red Hot Chili Peppers among other music groups. He's been using nonlinear editing tools since 1992.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Kallisti Media Produces 3D War of Wars

Kallisti Media Produces 3D War of Wars

From Kallisti Media comes "War of Wars," a 3D documentary that combines historic stereographic stills taken during the war with modern day interviews with soldiers who recount their wartime experiences. Using stereographic stills to create motion imagery requires a toolbox of tricks, and Kallisti Media Editor Christian Glawe describes for Creative COW readers the post-production process - which relied heavily on Adobe software - to produce this compelling piece.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Where Digital Meets Stop-Motion in ParaNorman

Where Digital Meets Stop-Motion in ParaNorman

The stereo 3D stop-motion animated feature ParaNorman from Laika puts the emphasis on handcrafted puppets and details. But digital plays an important, behind-the-scenes role, not just in painting out rigs but in creating ghosts, dramatic, witch-filled skies, crowds and set extensions. Laika's visual effects supervisor Brian Van't Hul, compositing supervisor Steve Emerson and CG/look dev supervisor Andrew Nawrot talk about the creation and integration of the digital with the real in ParaNorman. (Potential minor spoilers in the article)

Editorial
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
High Frame Rate Cinema

High Frame Rate Cinema

All eyes are on High Frame Rate cinema, the latest technology shift touted by such heavyweight filmmakers as Peter Jackson and Jim Cameron. But how many frames per second is ideal? How does HFR cinema change the workflow and the bottom line? This group of experts weighed in on why we should be excited by the opportunities of HFR cinema and what we can expect in day-to-day production and post workflows.

Editorial
Debra Kaufman
Art of the Edit
Digital Dailies Trim The Bottom Line In Hollywood

Digital Dailies Trim The Bottom Line In Hollywood

Post production continues to adapt to ever-changing workflows. Digital dailies have gone from being a cutting edge technology to nearly de rigeur on the set. These prominent TV/film producers talked about how they've integrated digital dailies into their workflow and how it's improving the creative process and/or the bottom line. For post production companies, it's yet another evolution in technology that requires adaptation and accommodation.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Film History & Appreciation
The VFX Files: Nancy St. John of Prime Focus Vancouver

The VFX Files: Nancy St. John of Prime Focus Vancouver

A pioneer in digital visual effects, Nancy St. John most recently worked on Men in Black 3, as Prime Focus' Executive Producer. Her career has spanned the beginnings of digital visual effects at Digital Productions and Robert Abel & Associates in Hollywood to Vancouver or "Hollywood North." She shares her experiences with Creative COW.

People / Interview
Nancy St. John
Cinematography
Behind the Lens: Paul Cameron ASC on Total Recall

Behind the Lens: Paul Cameron ASC on Total Recall

Paul Cameron, ASC, just finished work on the remake of Total Recall, directed by Len Wiseman and starring Colin Farrell, Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel with Bill Nighy, Bryan Cranston, and John Cho. Cameron was last featured in Creative COW for his work on Henry's Crime. His previous credits include director Michael Mann's Collateral and Tony Scott's Man on Fire.

Feature
Paul Cameron, ASC
Art of the Edit
Editor Alan Edward Bell, A.C.E. on The Amazing Spider-Man

Editor Alan Edward Bell, A.C.E. on The Amazing Spider-Man

Fresh from cutting "Water for Elephants," Alan Edward Bell takes on the task of coordinating editing for "The Amazing Spider-Man." While focusing on building a unique telling of the story in a highly VFX-present setting, Alan follows the direction of Marc Webb to give movie-goers a more character-driven performance, updated interpretation of the love interest, and a subtle and comfortable 3D experience.

Feature
Alan Edward Bell
Blackmagic Design
Blackmagic Design President Dan May on Cintel Acquisition

Blackmagic Design President Dan May on Cintel Acquisition

On July 24th, Blackmagic Design announced its acquisition of long-time film/TV telecine, film scanner, and post production technology leader, Cintel International. Blackmagic Design President Dan May spoke with Creative COW's Debra Kaufman about what this means for the company's product line up as well as for the endurance of Cintel's R&D and the future of film.

Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Indie Film & Documentary
Behind the Lens: Navajo Teens Struggle Up Heartbreak Hill

Behind the Lens: Navajo Teens Struggle Up Heartbreak Hill

Two young track stars at a rural New Mexico high school are torn between the lure of brighter futures and the ties that bind them to home. Home for these teens, however, is a small town on a Navajo reservation, and in leaving, they must separate from family, tradition, and the land that has been theirs for generations. Erica Scharf's Up Heartbreak Hill is a moving look at a new generation of Americans struggling to be both Native and modern. We take you Behind the Lens.

Feature
Erica Scharf
Film History & Appreciation
Aaron Sims: Previs and Visual FX Design

Aaron Sims: Previs and Visual FX Design

Aaron Sims talked to Creative COW about his work on the much-lauded TV series "Falling Skies," as well as summer VFX hits "The Amazing Spider-Man" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter." Sims is also working on a feature-length version of his short "Archetype."

Feature
Aaron Sims
TV & Movie Appreciation
Restoring Jaws

Restoring Jaws

Universal Pictures is celebrating its 100 years of filmmaking with a list of 100 of its most notable films, thirteen of which will be restored. Jaws is one of those films, and in this article, we take you back into the water to find out just how safe it is to scan an original negative and bring Jaws back to life.

Editorial, Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Indie Film & Documentary
StorageDNA Goes Down Under with DEEPSEA CHALLENGE

StorageDNA Goes Down Under with DEEPSEA CHALLENGE

When director James Cameron took a solo dive to the deepest spot on earth, he turned to Sydney-based Digital Pictures to deliver a range of post production services. In turn, Digital Pictures relied on StorageDNA to help them create a cost-effective LTO-based conform system that handled massive amounts of 4K data.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
In Conversation with USC's Norman Hollyn

In Conversation with USC's Norman Hollyn

Creative COW's Debra Kaufman spends some time with Norman Hollyn, Full Professor at USC's School of Cinematic Arts as he prepares to embark on a two-year term as President of the University Film and Video Association and talks about the intersection of editing and film school.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Film History & Appreciation
VFX Supervisor Jerome Chen on The Amazing Spider-Man

VFX Supervisor Jerome Chen on The Amazing Spider-Man

Jerome Chen, Academy Award-nominated senior visual effects supervisor at Sony Pictures Imageworks, talks about choreography and creation of the VFX on The Amazing Spider-Man.

Feature
Jerome Chen
Stereoscopic 3D
Stereo D Converts Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter to 3D

Stereo D Converts Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter to 3D

If you think that converting a motion picture from 2D to 3D is a post production process, think again. Stereo D just wrapped up the conversion of director Timur Bekmambetov's Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter from 2D to 3D, and the job began before a single frame was shot.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Stephen Lighthill on Cinematography and the ASC

Stephen Lighthill on Cinematography and the ASC

Stephen Lighthill, newly elected president of the American Society of Cinematographers, speaks to Creative COW about the state of cinematography today, the impact of technology and the role of education in maintaining the art and craft.

Feature, People / Interview
Stephen Lighthill
PluralEyes
Singular Software Connects with Adobe CS6

Singular Software Connects with Adobe CS6

Singular Software has announced the public beta of PluralEyes 3.0 for Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 with the mindset of always seeking to make a smoother workflow with audio/video synchronization as a simple extension within Premiere Pro CS6.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Art of the Edit
Luma Pictures' Prometheus Holograph

Luma Pictures' Prometheus Holograph

Holograms are de rigeur in a sci-fi movie, but in Prometheus, Charlie Holloway steps through one to hand a rose to Elizabeth Shaw, Luma Pictures handled this unique fluid effect as well as placing computer graphics in Shaw's handheld computer.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Sony DMPC Inaugurates F65 Training Workshop

Sony DMPC Inaugurates F65 Training Workshop

On Wednesday, June 6, the Sony Digital Motion Picture Center (DMPC), housed in Studio 7 on the Sony Pictures lot, held its first all-day workshop on the F65 camera and its workflow, with weekly free Wednesday workshops to follow for the next two years.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Field Production
TV Pro Gear Builds 3D Flypack for WealthTV

TV Pro Gear Builds 3D Flypack for WealthTV

When cable/satellite network WealthTV decided to offer a 3D channel, they turned to TV Gear Pro, experts in creating flypacks, to make the first-ever 3D flypack. TV Pro Gear president Andrew Maisner, who was also the project's design engineer, tells Creative COW what's in the flypack and how it's being used so far.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
MAYA
VFX Files: Khaos Digital Helps Bones Tell Its Stories

VFX Files: Khaos Digital Helps Bones Tell Its Stories

A key element in the hit TV show Bones is the images on The Angelatron, an 8-foot screen that shows detailed images proving how the victim died. Khaos Digital's David Watkinson creates all those images for Bones, and specializes in creating content for screens that play back in real-time during production. Creative COW looks at how it's done.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Apple FCPX or Not: The Debate
High Noon in the Editors' Corral

High Noon in the Editors' Corral

A group of editors gathered at a Hollywood Post Alliance Sales Resource Group luncheon to debate the merits of today's nonlinear editing systems. In the process, they argued less over tools and complained more about an ever-changing workflow. And, yes, there are a few fans of FCPX.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Global Cinematography Institute at CineGear

Global Cinematography Institute at CineGear

The Global Cinematography Institute, recently founded by Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC and Yuri Neyman, ASC, will hold a presentation on Cinematography in Video Games and Virtual Cinematography at CineGear on Saturday, June 2 at 4 pm. The presentation will include directors from Activision, cinematographers who are recent film school grads and the technical director of Universal Virtual Stage I in addition to Zsigmond and Neyman.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Art of the Edit
Luma Pictures Takes On The Avengers

Luma Pictures Takes On The Avengers

Luma Pictures took on another Marvel superhero production - The Avengers. Luma completed nearly 200 shots, focusing on creating the interior of the Helicarrier by digitally extending and enhancing a practical set. The company also reprised its role in creating Thor's supernatural armor.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Indie Film & Documentary
Behind the Lens: Sky Soldier: A Vietnam Story in 3D

Behind the Lens: Sky Soldier: A Vietnam Story in 3D

When Major Joel Glenn went to Vietnam in the 1960s, he brought a 3D stereoscopic still camera and audiotape recorder with him to document his experiences for his family back home. Little did he know that 50 years later, his "home movies" would become the basis for Sky Soldier: A Vietnam Story in 3D that airs on Memorial Day on 3net, a tribute to his military service, and those of his fellow soldiers, as well as his extensive archive of 3D photos.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
VFX Soup: Ken Ralston, Jay Redd, VFX for Men in Black 3

VFX Soup: Ken Ralston, Jay Redd, VFX for Men in Black 3

Just in time for the theater release of Men in Black 3, Creative COW had the opportunity to speak with Visual Effects Supervisors, Jay Redd, and five-time Academy Award winner and vfx pioneer Ken Ralston about their adventures with aliens and the Men in Black.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
Academy is the New Home for 70,000 Vintage Hollywood Stills

Academy is the New Home for 70,000 Vintage Hollywood Stills

The trove of still photographs and memorabilia that comprise the Bison Archives, a private collection of film historian Marc Wanamaker, now paint a comprehensive story of the history of film in America, from its earliest days to the present. Creative COW couldn't pass up the opportunity to know more about this impressive collection and the raison d'etre for its existence.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Art of the Edit
NVIDIA Introduces Virtualization and Remote Computing

NVIDIA Introduces Virtualization and Remote Computing

NVIDIA has debuted its VGX platform, which enables many users to access a virtualized desktop and get the same graphics performance on any connected device. The VGX platform, composed of three new technologies, opens up the possibilities of remote collaboration and cloud-based graphics without a loss of power and with low latency. Though still a proof of concept, the new computing paradigm will move into beta this summer, with partnerships in the offing.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Broadcasting
BET Signs on to Market7

BET Signs on to Market7

BET Networks has signed on to Market7's software-as-service, a browser-based, in-the-cloud suite of tools for a more collaborative production workflow. BET is using the service for dailies and review-and-approval for six or seven TV shows. Market7 is also adding watermarking to improve security and build confidence for working with a cloud-based solution.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Archiving and Back-Up
Archiware and Square Box Systems Integrate Products

Archiware and Square Box Systems Integrate Products

Archiware, which manufactures the multi-platform data backup solution PresSTORE 4.0, now offers a way to integrate with Square Box Systems' CatDV asset management system. PresSTORE P4 allows users to synchronize, backup and archive data on Mac, Windows, Linux and Solaris operating systems.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Field Production
NAB 2012: K-Tek

NAB 2012: K-Tek

K-Tek introduced several products at NAB 2012, including the rugged Shark Wireless Antenna Mount, and a range of tools designed to respond to the ergonomic needs of small form factors such as the GoPro camera and the iPhone. Also debuted was the K-Tek Tripod Mount Case for the iPhone4/4S, which turns the smartphone into a professional camera.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Field Production
NAB 2012: Sachtler

NAB 2012: Sachtler

Sachtler debuted the Ace tripod system for the first time in the U.S. With a payload of up to 8.8 pounds (4 kilograms), the Ace tripod is ideal for smaller HDV camcorders and video-enabled DSLR cameras.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Field Production
NAB 2012: Petrol Bags

NAB 2012: Petrol Bags

Petrol Bags introduced four new products for audio in addition to the Liteporter for a Litepanels 1x1 LED light fixture, Rolling DigiSuite DSLR Camera Case and two new LCD monitor bags.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
HD High-End
NAB 2012: Vinten

NAB 2012: Vinten

Vinten introduced its lightweight Vision blue5 pan and tilt head and tripod system, the latest member of its Vinten Vision blue family. Vision blue5 has a carrying capacity range of 12.1-lb to 26.5 lb (5.5kg to 12 kg) and offers a range of other professional features.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
HD High-End
NAB 2012: OConnor

NAB 2012: OConnor

Fluid head pioneer OConnor, part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, unveiled a 30L carbon fiber tripod, O-Focus Dual Mini follow focus unit, and Universal Camera Baseplate at NAB 2012. Attendees also had the chance to experience hands-on the Ultimate 1030D and Ultimate 1030Ds fluid heads.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
NAB 2012: Anton/Bauer

NAB 2012: Anton/Bauer

At NAB 2012, Anton/Bauer, a part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, debuted its QRC-CA940 Gold Mount solution for the new Canon EOS C300 digital cinema camera and also showcased the MATRIX Cheese Plate, a new mounting plate that can be used with the company's Gold Mount Solutions for the Sony PMW-F3 camera and NEX-FS-100; Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 7D, EOS 60D Digital SLR camera and the EOS C300; Panasonic AG-AF100 series professional HD camera and RED EPIC digital cinema camera. The company also unveiled its Customer Support On-Site Maintenance Program.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Lighting Design Pros
NAB 2012: Litepanels

NAB 2012: Litepanels

At NAB 2012, Litepanels part of Vitec Videocom, a Vitec Group company, introduced the Croma on-camera LED lighting fixture, the Inca Series tungsten balanced LED Fresnel fixtures, the Sola 4 Daylight Balanced LED Fresnel and the Sola ENG Flight Kit. The company also offered a $100 rebate on the purchases of the Croma variable color temperature LED light and the Sola EMG LED Fresnel lighting fixture.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
SAN - Storage Area Networks
NAB 2012: ATTO Technology

NAB 2012: ATTO Technology

ATTO Technology showcased its entire line of storage and network connectivity products at NAB 2012, including its new Thunderbolt Desklink devices ThunderLink and ThunderStream. Also featured was a technology demonstration of the Celerity 16Gb/s Fibre Channel Host Bus Adapters (HBAs), the FastStream SC SAS/SATA RAID Storage Controller with 8Gb/s Fibre Channel connectivity to SAS/SATA storage, ExpressSAS 6Gb/x SAS/SATA Host Bus and RAID Adapters and FastFrame 10Gb/s Ethernet Network Interface Cards.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Digital Delivery
NAB 2012: JMR Electronics

NAB 2012: JMR Electronics

JMR Electronics introduced a suite of new cloud-ready servers and workstations at NAB 2012. New products include SilverStor Desktop/Rackmount Workstation and Server, SilverStor 3 and 5 Slot PCIe Extenders, BlueStor 1U Cloud Server/Metadata Controller, BlueStor Modular Appliance, BlueStor Rapid, Encode Video Server, and BlueStor 3U Networked Storage Server. The company also its sponsorship of RED Digital Cinema's Camp RED this August in Hollywood.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
NAB 2012: Schneider Optics

NAB 2012: Schneider Optics

Lens and filter designer/manufacturer Schneider Optics introduced a range of new products at NAB 2012, including the 77m True-Match Vari-ND thread-In filter; iPro Lens System for iPhone 4/4S; S2000 Century/Canon 17mm T4 Tilt-Focus Lens in PL Mount; and the Schneider Kreuznach Cine-Xenar III prime lenses.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Live & Stage Events
NAB 2012: Snell

NAB 2012: Snell

At NAB 2012, Snell unveiled several new products: Kahuna 360 Compact, a smaller-frame version of the company's Kahuna 360 video switcher that is targeted at the live production market; KudosPro, a format-flexible and cost-effective next-generation image-processing platform; Momentum, an asset management (MAM), workflow automation, and resource planning solution; and a 4-RU version of its Vega routing platform. The company also showcased enhancements to its ICE channel-in-a-box and Morpheus automation systems.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Indie Film & Documentary
Behind the Lens: Circo

Behind the Lens: Circo

You don’t need to be a fan of the circus--or Mexico--to be mesmerized by this story of the Ponce family who struggle with issues of debt, marital conflict and filial responsibility against a backdrop of a century-old family business. Let Debra Kaufman introduce you to Aaron Schock and his story of how his documentary takes viewers under the Big Top in rural Mexico. Circo airs on Independent Lens beginning May 3rd, 2012.

Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Archiving and Back-Up
NAB 2012: Cache-A

NAB 2012: Cache-A

Cache-A Corporation has served NAB-goers with an updated high-performance Power-Cache Archive Server, including the latest version 2.1 software release, which contains a host of powerful features for all the models.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Boris FX
NAB 2012: Boris FX

NAB 2012: Boris FX

Boris FX came to NAB 2012 with new versions, each of which expanded the capabilities of the company's toolset of visual effects, compositing, titling, and workflow tools: Version 8 of its flagship Boris Continuum Complete, Version 2 of Soundbite and Version 6 of Boris Graffiti. The company also announced support for Adobe Creative Suite 6 and Avid DS.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
GVG Edius
NAB 2012: Grass Valley

NAB 2012: Grass Valley

Grass Valley is charging into the file-based broadcast environment, with a host of new products and enhancements to existing ones. The STRATUS family of products has gotten richer and deeper, enabling tighter integration, more functionality and increased efficiencies. Most importantly, Grass Valley's products are open enough to encourage third party tie-ins and support a diversity of workflows and needs.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
JVC cameras/decks
NAB 2012: JVC

NAB 2012: JVC

JVC had a dynamic year for cameras and monitors. The company released the new GY-HM650 handheld mobile news camera, the result of its intention to support the Advanced Media Workflow Association "AS-10: MXF for Production" project. The company also released a 4K camcorder for $5,550, and came out with several new mercury-free monitors.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Sony Vegas
NAB 2012: Sony Creative Software

NAB 2012: Sony Creative Software

Sony Creative Software had a fruitful NAB 2012, introducing two particularly interesting audio and video editing tools: Spectral Layers, which lets audio professionals precisely de-construct and change an audio mix, and TemplateBuilder, which maximizes creative time spent on motion graphics. Vegas Pro 11 was also highlighted and Sony also soft-launched DO Studio, the Blu-ray authoring tool acquired earlier from Netblender.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Chyron
NAB 2012: Chryon

NAB 2012: Chryon

Chyron dived into social media and second screen solutions at NAB 2012, introducing the Engage platform, which integrates its BlueNet graphics with a variety of social interactions. Through a partnership with ConnecTV, Chyron now offers a powerful second screen application. Also new is Shout, Chyron's own standalone software application to integrate Twitter feeds into live broadcasts.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Windows Hardware & Software
NAB 2012: HP

NAB 2012: HP

At NAB 2012, HP unveiled its all-in-one HP Z1 workstation. With a 27-inch diagonal screen, Intel Xeon processors and NVIDIA Quadro graphics, the HP Z1 is aimed at both the digital media and entertainment industry and the computer-aided design market.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Matrox Video Systems
NAB 2012: Matrox Video Systems

NAB 2012: Matrox Video Systems

Matrox debuted Matrox MicroQuad, a four channel SDI-to-MDMI multi-viewer for $995 and an adapter to expand the Mac workspace for $179. In addition to these choice and nicely priced products, the company announced support for Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium and Apple's Final Cut Pro X 10.0.4 update.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Genarts Sapphire Edge
NAB 2012: GenArts

NAB 2012: GenArts

At NAB 2012, GenArts showcased its newest products: Sapphire version 6 and Monsters GT version 7, both of which offer visual effects artists a wide variety of effects available on numerous platforms. The company also announced the imminent release of Sapphire Edge 2.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
NAB 2012: AJA Video Systems

NAB 2012: AJA Video Systems

AJA Video Systems brought out the big guns at NAB 2012, including T-TAP, a powerhouse in a small, inexpensive package for delivering 10-bit 2K, HD and SD (with embedded audio) from any compatible Mac. Elsewhere, the company released firmware to support Avid DNxHD and offered a post pathway for the 4K output of the new Canon C500.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
NAB 2012: Avid

NAB 2012: Avid

Avid focused on broadcasters at NAB 2012, introducing Interplay Sphere, a cloud-based editing initiative, and a Multi-platform Distribution Platform for making it easier than ever to distribute to TV, web, social media and mobile. The company also unveiled numerous broadcaster-friendly products, including the AirSpeed 5000 server and Avid Motion Graphics. For the pure editing crowd, Avid unveiled a cross-promotion deal to offer Symphony's color correction and finishing capabilities for a fraction of its usual cost.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
NAB 2012: Blackmagic Design's Dan May Talks about The Camera

NAB 2012: Blackmagic Design's Dan May Talks about The Camera

While at NAB 2012, Debra Kaufman sat down with Blackmagic Design President Dan May to talk about the Blackmagic Cinema Camera as well as other news from the company, including Teranex 2D and Teranex 3D Processors, a new family of high-end broadcast standards converter processors, and a release of the Desktop Video 9.5 software update with support for Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 video software using Blackmagic Design's DeckLink, UltraStudio and Intensity capture.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
NAB 2012: Panasonic

NAB 2012: Panasonic

Panasonic had an extraordinarily rich year of introductions and upgrades at NAB 2012, with further developments in P2 technology and a host of new memory cards, the AG-HPX600 P2 HD - which supports AVC Ultra, two new AVCCAM HD camcorders, software upgrades for the AG-AF100, two new high-performance LCD monitors, and a partnership with Aframe to create a cloud video production network.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
NAB 2012: Adobe CS6 Release

NAB 2012: Adobe CS6 Release

With the release of Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium, Adobe's booth at NAB 2012 was packed every day of NAB 2012. Editors in particular came to check out all the dramatic changes made to Adobe Premiere Pro, including a redesigned interface that makes it friendly to users of other NLEs.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Digital Signage
Red Bull Mind Meld at the ULTRA Music Festival

Red Bull Mind Meld at the ULTRA Music Festival

Integrated Visions Productions and SenovvA teamed to produce a spectacular "Red Bull Mind Meld" visual experience at the Miami Ultra Music Festival by creating an immense video projection mapping. The team turned the 29-story InterContinental hotel's facade into a gyrating psychedelic mural that covered the building and throbbed with the music for 165,000 dancing fans.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
NAB 2012: Singular Software Introduces PluralEyes 3.0

NAB 2012: Singular Software Introduces PluralEyes 3.0

At NAB 2012, Singular Software, developer of workflow automation applications for video production, is unveiling PluralEyes version 3.0 sync automation workflow. The new version 3.0 offers a new interactive workspace that visually displays the sync process and clip locations as it unfolds, and offers a quality assurance (QA) capability at the end of the process.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
NAB 2012: Broadcast Pix Debuts Video Control Center 3.0

NAB 2012: Broadcast Pix Debuts Video Control Center 3.0

Broadcast Pix is coming to NAB with new Video Control Center 3.0 software, which adds features and functions to Granite and Mica systems. Mica is showing for the first time in North America, after an IBC 2011 debut, and NAB attendees will also get a good look at VOX, voice-automated production.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Autodesk Smoke
NAB 2012: Autodesk Unveils a New Smoke

NAB 2012: Autodesk Unveils a New Smoke

Autodesk introduced a new Smoke that features an editor-friendly user interface, connected editing and effects, lower system requirements and a much lower price. Aimed at the multi-tasking editor, the new Smoke allows editors to handle all kinds of visual effects tasks on the editing timeline.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
NAB 2012: NewTek Revolutionizes TriCaster

NAB 2012: NewTek Revolutionizes TriCaster

Debra Kaufman explores NewTek's dramatically re-engineered platform for the TriCaster, as they debut the TriCaster 8000, TriCaster 855 and TriCaster 455, enabling video professionals to deliver live video content to multiple platforms.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
NAB 2012: Dolby Calibrates the Future with PRM-4200 monitor

NAB 2012: Dolby Calibrates the Future with PRM-4200 monitor

At NAB 2012, Dolby will sweeten the deal for professionals who already own the PRM-4200 or are interested in it by adding support for content shot in 48 fps and three levels of customized calibration service for the monitor. Also to be seen at both the Dolby and ARRI booths, a short film - in partnership with ARRI - directed, shot, produced and graded by Academy Award-winning visual effects artist Rob Legato.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
NAB 2012: Canon Unveils 4K Cameras

NAB 2012: Canon Unveils 4K Cameras

At NAB 2012, Canon jumps to 4K resolution with the release of two new cameras. The Cinema EOS C500 is the next step up from the Cinema EOS C300, introduced last November, and comes in both PL-mount and EF-mount versions. Also new is the 4K EOS-1D C DSLR, incorporating Canon Log Gamma.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
NAB 2012: Hitachi Highlights New Slow-Mo Camera

NAB 2012: Hitachi Highlights New Slow-Mo Camera

Hitachi Kokusai Electric America is showing three new cameras at NAB 2012. Of great interest to sports and mobile truck companies is the SK-HD1500, a new slow-motion HD camera.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
NAB 2012: FilmLight FLIPs for End-to-End Color

NAB 2012: FilmLight FLIPs for End-to-End Color

FilmLight introduces FLIP, a new real-time image processing product that's an end-to-end color pipeline solution. Also new is the near-set dailies solution Baselight Transfer and Baselight 4.3, the latest software version with many new features.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Broadcasting
NAB 2012: Render Rocket Launches Free Unlimited Test Renders

NAB 2012: Render Rocket Launches Free Unlimited Test Renders

On the NAB 2012 exhibit floor...Render Rocket, set to be in the CloudMediaHUB Booth #N3222I, offers everything 3d artists need to immediately access massive rendering power for their jobs with up-to-date render software, a web-based render manager and tons of processors. This cloud-based rendering service is launching free, unlimited test renders as we gear up for NAB.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
AFrame Brings Its Cloud-Based Services to North America

AFrame Brings Its Cloud-Based Services to North America

Just in time for NAB 2012, Aframe, a browser-based cloud video production platform, has announced that it's landed on North American shores, with operations in New York and Los Angeles. Aframe will highlight the features of its service - a private cloud infrastructure - in the Cloud Pavilion at NAB.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Broadcasting
Modern VideoFilm Adds Harmonic MediaGrid Systems

Modern VideoFilm Adds Harmonic MediaGrid Systems

Modern VideoFilm post production facility has found a rock solid way to handle high volume preparation of movies and TVs for delivery to a wide variety of platforms, from Web portals and satellite to cable and over-the-air in the form of the Harmonic MediaGrid, which serves as an incoming/outgoing cache for content that is delivered to and distributed from the facility via Signiant software over a fiber network at a rate of 10 TB per day.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Behind the Lens: Air Racers 3D: Flying to an IMAX Near You

Behind the Lens: Air Racers 3D: Flying to an IMAX Near You

From the first air race in 1909 to the present day, spectators have been thrilled by the tremendous aerial acrobatics and speed performances that adept pilots and their beloved aircraft are able to achieve. "Air Racers 3D," produced by 3D Entertainment in association with L.A.-based Pretend Entertainment and Stereoscope, is an in-depth exploration of the fastest motor sport on Earth at the annual Reno National Championship Air Races & Air Show, and commemorates this century-old sport in IMAX 3D. The COW had the opportunity to get into the cockpit with the makers of Air Racers 3D.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Stereoscopic 3D
3net's Best Practices for 3D TV

3net's Best Practices for 3D TV

With a clatter of possibilities for 3D production, 3net has issued a guide - sort of a lion's roar - to help TV producers and creatives learn how to be confident in their knowledge, capable of finding the additional information they need, and resourceful enough to make killer 3D TV programs on budget and on time, all while dealing specifically with all the technical issues required to produce a successful 3D stereoscopic TV show.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
The Insider's Guide to NAB

The Insider's Guide to NAB

As Creative COW's associate editor, Debra Kaufman, is preparing to embark upon her 23rd visit to NAB Show, she shares some great advice for making your own trek a little easier.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
ARRI
Codex Digital Offers Full Support for ARRI Alexa Studio

Codex Digital Offers Full Support for ARRI Alexa Studio

Codex Digital now offers full support for ARRI's Alexa Studio with Codex ARRIRAW Plus and the Codex Onboard recorders, which can record up to 48 frames per second of ARRIRAW from the Alexa Studio in 4:3, using Codex' new high speed Data Packs. The company is also readying the debut of the Codex Vault at NAB 2012.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
FUJIFILM to Bring Two HDTV Lenses to NAB 2012

FUJIFILM to Bring Two HDTV Lenses to NAB 2012

Two lenses, which expand their respective product lines, the HA19x7.4BERM/BERD 2/3-inch Premier Series high-performance HD ENG/EFP production lens and the XA19x7.4BESM-D8 compact, HDTV studio and field box-style lens, will be presented at NAB 2012 by FUJIFILM Corp.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Sorenson Squeeze
Sorenson Media Squeeze 8 Pro

Sorenson Media Squeeze 8 Pro

Sorenson Media's new release of Squeeze 8 Pro offers support for Apple, Avid and other codecs in one package.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Audio Professionals
Technicolor Opens Sound Facility on Paramount Lot

Technicolor Opens Sound Facility on Paramount Lot

These two companies structure a partnership to benefit clients and their own ecosystems by opening gleaming new mixing stages for Technicolor on the Paramount lot.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
NAB Expo
SMPTE Technology Summit on Cinema

SMPTE Technology Summit on Cinema

On April 14 and 15, the weekend before NAB 2012 officially opens, SMPTE (Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers) will once again hold a two-day summit - this year marks the 11th year.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
TV & Movie Appreciation
Cinesite Creates Effects for Disney's JOHN CARTER

Cinesite Creates Effects for Disney's JOHN CARTER

Cinesite Visual Effects Supervisor Sue Rowe approached the mammoth job of creating 831 visual effects for John Carter -- which marks the live-action debut of noted animation director Andrew Stanton -- with a lot of experience under her belt.

Feature
Sue Rowe
AVID
Avid Readies for a Brave New World

Avid Readies for a Brave New World

Kirk Arnold, Avid Executive Vice President/COO, talks about Avid's openness, the professional market, and the hunger for high quality content.

People / Interview
Kirk Arnold
Indie Film & Documentary
In Their Own Words: The Tuskegee Airmen

In Their Own Words: The Tuskegee Airmen

In this Creative COW exclusive, read the story of how two Augusta-based filmmakers document the aviators who made history.

Feature
Bryan Williams and Denton Adkinson
What Computer Should I Buy?
HP Unveils New Workstations

HP Unveils New Workstations

HP just unveiled the follow-up to its popular line of Z workstations: the Z820, Z620 and Z420, which come equipped with the eight-core Intel Xeon processor E5-2600 product family, offer up to 512 gigabytes of DDR3 memory and support multithreaded workstation applications.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Broadcasting
Tektronix Debuts WFM2200 Waveform Monitor

Tektronix Debuts WFM2200 Waveform Monitor

Portable form factor and affordable price are two key features of the WFM2200, a portable waveform monitor ideal for broadcasters and video content producers wishing to install, configure, maintain and troubleshoot their video equipment.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Behind the Lens: Martin Ruhe

Behind the Lens: Martin Ruhe

Cinematographer Martin Ruhe was just honored with the ASC Award for Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Motion Picture/Miniseries Television for his work on "Page Eight," a contemporary spy film directed and written by David Hare for the BBC. Creative COW had the opportunity to speak with Martin for a look behind the lens of "Page Eight."

Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Stereoscopic 3D
Fields of Valor: the Civil War in 3D

Fields of Valor: the Civil War in 3D

Inspired by the massive number of historic stereoscopic still photos from the Civil War, 3net has ventured to deliver the four-part miniseries, "Fields of Valor" in 3D, dubbed "the most ambitious 3D project ever produced for television." 3net will air a special encore presentation on Saturday, March 24, 2012.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Indie Film & Documentary
Behind the Lens: Marshall Curry & If a Tree Falls

Behind the Lens: Marshall Curry & If a Tree Falls

Marshall Curry is most interested in a subject when reality cuts against his expectations. That's exactly what happened as this talented Emmy & Oscar-nominated director, producer, writer delved deeply into a story about the Earth Liberation Front in "If a Tree Falls," which is nominated for an Oscar for Best Documentary on Sunday.

Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Broadcast Pix
Broadcast Pix Opens Public Beta for Version 3.0

Broadcast Pix Opens Public Beta for Version 3.0

Broadcast Pix just released a public beta of Version 3.0 for its live video production system product families Mica and Granite, simultaneously re-branding them as video control centers.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Dante Spinotti, ASC

Dante Spinotti, ASC

Dante Spinotti is this year's winner of the American Society of Cinematographers' Lifetime Achievement Award, which he will receive at the 26th American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) Outstanding Achievement Awards on February 12 in Hollywood...now updated with new photos.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Adobe Premiere Pro
Bill Roberts, Director of Video Product Management, Adobe Systems & Adobe's Past, Present & Future

Bill Roberts, Director of Video Product Management, Adobe Systems & Adobe's Past, Present & Future

Bill Roberts, Director of Video Product Management, Adobe Systems talks about Premiere Pro CS5.5, the acquisition of IRIDAS, 3D, HDR and NAB 2012

Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
What Computer Should I Buy?
HP's Valentine to the Media & Entertainment Industry

HP's Valentine to the Media & Entertainment Industry

HP unveils the HP Z1, an all-in-one workstation features include a 27-inch screen, a 30-bit panel with an over-1 billion color palette, a built-in HD video camera, SRS premium sound speakers, an array of microphones for stereo inputs and optional NVIDIA cards, for a combination of power and expandability never before seen in an all-in-one system: a true, professional-strength workstation.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
HD High-End
The SciTech Award Goes to... The Phantom Family of High-Speed Cameras

The SciTech Award Goes to... The Phantom Family of High-Speed Cameras

On February 11, the Academy will honor the Vision Research team behind the design and engineering of the Phantom family of high-speed cameras for motion picture production.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Film History & Appreciation
The SciTech Award Goes to... The Lowry Process

The SciTech Award Goes to... The Lowry Process

On February 11, the Academy will honor John D. Lowry, Ian Cavén, Ian Godin, Kimball Thurston and Tim Connolly with a Scientific and Engineering Award for "the development of a unique and efficient system for the reduction of noise and other artifacts, thereby providing high-quality images required by the filmmaking process."

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Art of the Edit
Company 3 Partners with FutureWorks

Company 3 Partners with FutureWorks

Company 3 - a Digital Intermediate powerhouse in Santa Monica, CA - joined forces with FutureWorks, a Mumbai-based post-production facility, in order to offer its color grading services to Bollywood's feature film and commercial clients.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
ARRI
The Academy Award of Merit goes to... the ARRILASER Film Recorder

The Academy Award of Merit goes to... the ARRILASER Film Recorder

On February 11, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will honor the ARRILASER film recorder with an Academy Award of Merit in the form of an Oscar Statuette.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
ARRI
The SciTech Award Goes to... ARRI/Zeiss Master Prime Lenses for Motion Picture Photography

The SciTech Award Goes to... ARRI/Zeiss Master Prime Lenses for Motion Picture Photography

At the 84th Annual Academy Awards for Technical Achievements, Dr. Jürgen Noffke and Uwe Weber will be honored with a Scientific and Engineering Award for the ARRI Zeiss Master Prime Lenses.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Qube Cinema Delivers 4K 3D From a Single Server

Qube Cinema Delivers 4K 3D From a Single Server

Qube Cinema made history by delivering 4K 3D from a single server at the Moody Gardens Digital Cinema Symposium in Galveston, Texas. "Space Junk 3D" was projected onto an 80 by 60-foot giant screen at high bit-rate 4K stereoscopic DCP through two Barco projectors.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
The SciTech Award Goes to... the Stab-C Classic, Super-G & Stab-C Compact Stabilizing Heads

The SciTech Award Goes to... the Stab-C Classic, Super-G & Stab-C Compact Stabilizing Heads

At the 84th Annual Academy Awards for Technical Achievements, Nettmann Systems International's "versatile family of 5-axis camera and lens stabilizers" will be honored with a SciTech Award: to E.F. "Bob" Nettmann for the concept and system architecture, Michael Sayovitz for the electronic packaging and integration, Brad Fritzel for the electronic engineering, and Fred Miller for the mechanical engineering of the Stab-C Classic, Super-G and Stab-C Compact stabilizing heads.

Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
The SciTech Award Goes to... Side Effects' Andrew Clinton and Mark Elendt

The SciTech Award Goes to... Side Effects' Andrew Clinton and Mark Elendt

At the 84th Annual Academy Awards for Technical Achievements, Side Effects senior mathematician Mark Elendt and 3D graphics programmer Andrew Clinton will pick up a Technical Achievement Award (an Academy Certificate) for the invention and integration of micro-voxels in the Mantra software.

Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
The SciTech Award Goes To...The Pictorvision Eclipse

The SciTech Award Goes To...The Pictorvision Eclipse

On February 11, at the 84th Annual Academy Awards® for Technical Achievements, Michael Lewis, Greg Marsden, Raigo Alas and Michael Vellekoop will receive a Scientific and Engineering Academy Award for the concept, design and implementation of the Pictorvision Eclipse, an electronically stabilized aerial camera platform.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Film History & Appreciation
32TEN Studios Opens for Practical/Digital Effects

32TEN Studios Opens for Practical/Digital Effects

Former ILM and Kerner Optical employees have banded together to launch a new company at a familiar address in the historically significant building at 3210 Kerner Blvd in San Rafael.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Panasonic HVX - HPX (P2)
Panasonic's P2 Wins an Emmy

Panasonic's P2 Wins an Emmy

Panasonic's industry-changing P2 Solid State recording format has been honored with a Technology & Engineering Emmy Award for its "pioneering development of removable solid-state media for video camera/recorders."

Feature
Debra Kaufman
JVC cameras/decks
JVC Launches Handheld 4K Camcorder: The GY-HMQ10

JVC Launches Handheld 4K Camcorder: The GY-HMQ10

JVC has just unveiled its latest 4K camera, the GY-HMQ10, which will be offered for sale at NAB 2012.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Stereoscopic 3D
LG Debuts 3D Ultra Definition TV

LG Debuts 3D Ultra Definition TV

LG's internet connected super high resolution 84 inch Ultra Definition 3D TV will offer resolutions of four times that of existing HD panels. The "world's largest 3D Ultra Definition TV" has 8 million pixels for a resolution of 3840 x 2160.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Audio Professionals
Drive garners Oscar Nom for Soundelux's Lon Bender and Victor Ennis Garner

Drive garners Oscar Nom for Soundelux's Lon Bender and Victor Ennis Garner

Oscar nominated Soundelux Supervising Sound Editors Lon Bender and Victor Ray Ennis & team take the audience of "Drive" on an aural trip.

Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Global Cinematography Institute Launches Classic and Virtual Cinematography Courses

Global Cinematography Institute Launches Classic and Virtual Cinematography Courses

On January 14 at the Beverly Garland Hotel in North Hollywood cinematographers Vilmos Zsigmond, ASC and Yuri Neyman, ASC will unveil plans for an "Expanded Cinematography" program for postgraduate students and filmmakers at their newly established Global Cinematography Institute.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Stereoscopic 3D
Behind the Lens: Flying Monsters 3D

Behind the Lens: Flying Monsters 3D

Realizing that 3D would be a superb way to portray the prehistoric world of the Pterosaurs -- beautiful flying creatures with 35 foot wingspans -- Anthony Geffen and Sir David Attenborough's maiden voyage into stereoscopy was begun. Step back in time with Creative COW as we look into the making of Flying Monsters 3D.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Douglas Trumbull: A Writer-Producer-Director-Engineer-Inventor Looks Forward

Douglas Trumbull: A Writer-Producer-Director-Engineer-Inventor Looks Forward

While others reflect on his 45 years of achievement, Douglas Trumbull currently has five movies underway, and some strong ideas about saving the future of filmmaking.

Feature, People / Interview
Douglas Trumbull
Broadcasting
JVC introduces HD 3D Production Analysis Monitor

JVC introduces HD 3D Production Analysis Monitor

JVC Professional Products Company has just introduced the DT-3D24G1U 24-inch HD 3D LCD production analysis monitor, the latest addition to the company's Vérité G Series product line, which promises to deliver precision adjustment of 3D images aimed at production and post.

Feature
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
Cutting Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Cutting Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy

Accomplished Swedish editor Dino Jonsäter follows the clues to edit the notoriously complicated story, "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," his first Hollywood film.

Feature, People / Interview
Debra Kaufman
Cinematography
LOOK Effects meets The Muppets

LOOK Effects meets The Muppets

Anthony 'Max' Ivins, Visual Effects Supervisor and Co-Owner, LOOK Effects, was responsible for on-set supervision as well as overseeing LOOK Effects' 3D animation and compositing on The Muppets. Take a look with Creative COW at what was at stake working with the Muppet legacy, using bluescreen because your main actor is green, working on a merry-go-round, and planning complicated VFX shots.

Feature
Debra Kaufman